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April 16, 1959 - Montevideo, Uruguay


330-PS-9484 (428-GX-USN 800339):  U.S. Navy icebreaker USS Edisto (AGB 2) approaching Colon, Canal Zone, prior to passing through the Panama Canal en-route to Antarctica for participation in Operation Deepfreeze I.  At that time, Edisto completed emergency mission again to help flood victims at Uruguay, 6 November 1965.   Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
Caption: 330-PS-9484 (428-GX-USN 800339): U.S. Navy icebreaker USS Edisto (AGB 2) approaching Colon, Canal Zone, prior to passing through the Panama Canal en-route to Antarctica for participation in Operation Deepfreeze I. At that time, Edisto completed emergency mission again to help flood victims at Uruguay, 6 November 1965. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Helicopters from USS Edisto (AGB-2) began rescue operations in Montevideo, Uruguay.  By April 26, the icebreaker had carried 277 flood victims to safety.  Note, she was later transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard and commissioned USCGC Edisto (WAGB-284) in 1965.  Edisto was decommissioned by the Coast Guard in 1974 and was later sold for scrapping in 1977.  


USN 1111206:  USS Edisto (AGB-2) breaks through an ice pack in the Greenland Sea, 1965.   Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
Caption: USN 1111206: USS Edisto (AGB-2) breaks through an ice pack in the Greenland Sea, 1965. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
Published: Tue Apr 21 13:47:48 EDT 2020