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Callao III (IX-205)


Spanish name retained; a seaport in Peru.

(IX-205: displacement1,015; length183'; beam 30'10"; draft 13'11"; speed 10 knots; complement 78)


The third Callao (IX-205) was built in 1943-1944 by P. Smit, Jr., Shipyard, Rotterdam, Holland, as Externsteine for the German Navy; captured on the night of 15-16 October 1944 by the Coast Guard Cutter Eastwind off Greenland; and commissioned 24 January 1945, Lieutenant D. 0. Newton, USNR, in command.

Callao was commissioned at Boston, where a prize crew had brought her by way of Reykjavik and Argentia. Between 30 January 1945 and 4 February she was outfitted at Philadelphia Navy Yard for special experimental work for the Bureau of Ships, and for the next 5 years carried out tests in the area of Cape May, N.J., and Cape Henlopen, Del. She was decommissioned 10 May 1950, and sold 30 September 1950.

Published: Wed Mar 08 15:40:37 EST 2023