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USS Atka (AGB 3) on 12 June 1957 at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
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Class: ATKA (AGB 3)
Design: USCG 269' cutter (WAG)
Displacement (tons): #,###
Dimensions (feet): ###.#' x ##.#' x ##.#'
Original armament: 4-5"/38
Later armaments: (19xx) 4-20mm
Complement: ###
Speed (kts.): ##.#
Propulsion (HP): #,###
Machinery: turbines, # screw

Construction:
AGBNameAcqBuilderKeelLaunchComm/Svc
3ATKA13 Apr 1950Western Pipe, San Pedro20 Jul 19428[7] Mar 19431 Oct 1950
5STATEN ISLAND19 Dec 1951Western Pipe, San Pedro9 Jun 194228 Dec 194231 Jan 1952
6WESTWIND19 Dec 1951Western Pipe, San Pedro24 Aug 194231 Mar 19431 Feb 1952

Disposition:
AGBNameTDecomm/CustStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale/Depart
3ATKADECOM1 Nov 196631 Oct 1966Trf.--
5STATEN ISLANDDECOM1 Mar 19661 Feb 1966Trf.--
6WESTWINDDECOM8 Sep 195219 Mar 1952Trf.25 Sep 1988

Class Notes:
Initially four ships of this class were built for the Coast Guard: NORTHWIND (WAG 278), EASTWIND (WAG 279), SOUTHWIND (WAG 280) AND WESTWIND (WAG 281). Of these all but EASTWIND were Lend-Leased to the Soviet Union and three replacements were built, the second NORTHWIND (WAG 282) for the Coast Guard and BURTON ISLAND (AG 88) and EDISTO (AG 89) for the Navy. The Navy's AG 88-89 were reclassified as AGB 1-2 on 28 Jan 1949 and the Coast Guard ships became WAGB instead of WAG. SOUTHWIND was returned by the Soviet Union on 27[28] Dec 1949 and became the Navy's ATKA (AGB 3) and the first NORTHWIND and WESTWIND were returned on 19 Dec 1951 and, after being tentatively listed as AGB 5-6, became the Navy's STATEN ISLAND (AGB 5) and the Coast Guard's WESTWIND (WAGB 281). In the meantime during 1951 the Navy added GLACIER (AGB 4) to its FY 1952 building program. From 1952 to 1966 the Coast Guard had three of the ships, EASTWIND, the second NORTHWIND, and WESTWIND. In 1965-1966 the other four also reverted to the Coast Guard, giving them STATEN ISLAND (WAGB 278), EASTWIND (WAGB 279), SOUTHWIND ex ATKA (WAGB 280), WESTWIND (WAGB 281), NORTHWIND (WAGB 282), BURTON ISLAND (WAGB 283), and EDISTO (WAGB 284). Of the two Coast Guard ships that were never in the Navy, EASTWIND was sold on 31 Jul 1972 and the second NORTHWIND was transferred to MARAD on 16 Sep 1991 (title) and delivered to the buyer on 16 Oct 1998.

Ship Notes:
AGBNameMANotes
3ATKA(ex USCG SOUTHWIND, WAG 280, comm. 15 Jul 1944). Lend-Leased to the USSR 24[23] Mar 1945 as ADMIRAL MAKAROV. Returned to Navy custody at Yokosuka 27[28] Dec 1949. Transferred to the Navy by the Coast Guard on 13 Apr 1950 and named and designated ATKA (AGB 3) on 28 Apr 1950. Trf. to the Coast Guard 1966, renamed SOUTHWIND (WAGB 280) by them 18 Jan 1967, stricken in 1974, and sold on 17 Mar 1976.
5STATEN ISLAND(ex USCG NORTHWIND, WAG 278), comm. 26 Feb 1944). Lend-Leased 25[26] Feb 1944 to the USSR as SEVERNYY VETER (North Wind), renamed KAPITAN BELUSOV 21 May 1945. Returned to Navy custody 19 Dec 1951 and listed 1 Jan 1952 as NORTHWIND (AGB 5). After assignment to the Navy the ex-Coast Guard icebreaker NORTHWIND was named and designated STATEN ISLAND (AGB 5) on 15 Apr 1952. Trf. 1966 to the Coast Guard as STATEN ISLAND (WAGB 278). Sold 14 May 1975.
6WESTWIND(ex USCG WESTWIND, WAG 281, comm. 18 Sep 1944). Lend-Leased to the USSR 21 Feb 1945 as SEVERNYY POLYUS (North Pole). Returned 19 Dec 1951 and listed 1 Jan 1952 as WESTWIND (AGB 6). Assigned to the Coast Guard on 19 Mar 1952 and comm. by them on 22 Sep 1952 as WESTWIND (WAGB 281). Sold by MA 28 Sep 1988, delivered to a Dutch buyer 29 Oct 1988, completed BU in Taiwan 25 Nov 1989.

Page Notes:
Compiled: 18 Oct 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021
Sources: DB, Maroon