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    Icebreakers Wind class

    Heavily armed icebreakers which served from 1944 through the late 1970s in the United States Coast Guard. Three were loaned to the Soviet Navy while two others were built for the US Navy and a last one for the Royal Canadian Navy


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    6000full load (tn)
    82length (m)
    19.35beam (m)
    7.85draught (m)
    13max speed (knots)
    12000power (shp)
    6Naval Engine diesel
    6Naval Gun single 20 mm
    8Naval Gun single 40 mm
    2Torpedo Launchers Depth charge rack


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        Typical Max
    US USCG Sikorsky HH-52A Sea Guard 01
    CA Royal Canadian Navy (1945-1968) Bell 47 13

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    US Ingalls Shipbuilding - 1
    CA Marine Industries Limited - 1
    US Western Pipe and Steel Company - 7

    List of Ships

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    USUSCGWAGB-278USCGC Staten Island19441974
    USUSCGWAGB-279USCGC Eastwind19441968
    USUSCGWAGB-280USCGC Southwind19441974
    USUSCGWAGB-281USCGC Westwind19441988
    USUSCGWAGB-282USCGC Northwind19451989
    USUSCGWAGB-284USCGC EdistoNLKY19461977
    CACanadian Armed ForcesAW 50HMCS LabradorCGVM19541987
    USUS NavyAGB-4USS GlacierNAAO19551966
    US USCG WAGB-4 USCGC Glacier 19661987
    USUSCGWAGB-283USCGC Burton Island19661978

    9 units


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    1943LaunchedUS WAGB-281 USCGC Westwind as USS Westwind AGB-6
    1944US WAGB-278 USCGC Staten Island to Soviet Navy as Severny Veter
    1944-jul-10Laid downUS WAGB-282 USCGC Northwind
    1945US WAGB-281 USCGC Westwind to Soviet Union as Severni Polius
    1945US WAGB-280 USCGC Southwind to Soviet Navy as Kapitan Belusov
    1945-jul-28CommissionedUS WAGB-282 USCGC Northwind
    1946US WAGB-283 USCGC Burton Island to US Navy as USS Burton Island AG-88
    1946-dec-2DeploymentUS WAGB-282 USCGC Northwind Left eastern USA for Antarctica deployment with Operation Highjump, USCG Sikorsky HNS-1 39043 embarked. Returned to US mid Apr 1947.
    1950US WAGB-280 USCGC Southwind to US Navy as USS Atka AGB-3
    1951CommissionedUS WAGB-281 USCGC Westwind in USCG
    1951US WAGB-278 USCGC Staten Island to US Navy as USS Northwind AGB-5
    1952US WAGB-278 USCGC Staten Island renamed Staten Island
    1953-aug-3Laid downUS AGB-4 USS Glacier Yard No 580.
    1954-jul-8CommissionedCA AW 50 HMCS Labrador
    1954-aug-27LaunchedUS AGB-4 USS Glacier
    1955-may-27CommissionedUS AGB-4 USS Glacier
    1956-dec-31AircraftUS WAGB-278 USCGC Staten Island Ships Flight Bell HTL-5 of HU-1 Det 31, crashed on deck, shortly after take off, in the Antarctic, during Operation Deep Freeze II.
    1957CA AW 50 HMCS Labrador as CGS Labrador
    1957-jan-19AircraftUS AGB-4 USS Glacier Ships Flight HO4S-3 138595 of HU-2 Det 69 crashed in Ross Sea
    1959-feb-12AircraftUS AGB-4 USS Glacier Ships Flight HRS-3 144257 of HU-2 Det 69, crashed on the ice after engine failure during a test flight, near to the ship.
    1960-nov-21US AGB-4 USS Glacier Departed Boston 13 Oct 1960 for passage to Lyttleton (reached 21 Nov) for her 6th Antarctic mission.
    1962CA AW 50 HMCS Labrador to Coast Guard as CCGS Labrador, call sign changed to CGGM
    1965CommissionedUS WAGB-284 USCGC Edisto in USCG
    1965-febCommissionedUS WAGB-278 USCGC Staten Island
    1966CommissionedUS WAGB-280 USCGC Southwind to USCG
    1966CommissionedUS WAGB-283 USCGC Burton Island in USCG
    1966US WAGB-281 USCGC Westwind Operation SUNEC
    1966-jun-30Fate: transferedUS AGB-4 USS Glacier to US Coast Guard
    1966-julHomeportUS WAGB-4 USCGC Glacier Relocated to Long Beach, CA
    1966-jul-1CommissionedUS WAGB-4 USCGC Glacier ex US Navy USS Glacier
    1972Fate: scrappedUS WAGB-279 USCGC Eastwind
    1974DecommissionedUS WAGB-280 USCGC Southwind
    1974DecommissionedUS WAGB-284 USCGC Edisto
    1974-novDecommissionedUS WAGB-278 USCGC Staten Island
    1978DecommissionedUS WAGB-283 USCGC Burton Island
    1987DecommissionedCA AW 50 HMCS Labrador
    1987-jul-7DecommissionedUS WAGB-4 USCGC Glacier at Portland, OR
    1987-jul-8US WAGB-4 USCGC Glacier towed to Bremerton, to be stripped out and laid up
    1988Fate: scrappedCA AW 50 HMCS Labrador Sold for scrap.
    1988-feb-28DecommissionedUS WAGB-281 USCGC Westwind
    1989-jan-20DecommissionedUS WAGB-282 USCGC Northwind
    1999Fate: scrappedUS WAGB-282 USCGC Northwind
    2012-feb-12Fate: scrappedUS WAGB-4 USCGC Glacier sold for scrapping; reached Brownsville, TX on 19 Jun 2012

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