The U.S. Navy buoy tender USS Redbud (AKL-398) underway off Point Loma, California (USA), in 1949.
A small footnote on Coast Guard history, but it does illustrate how versatile buoy tenders are. A “C” class 180 transferred to the Navy becomes a AKL (Auxiliary Cargo, Light). Becomes a jack of all trades in support of DOD air bases, early warning radar systems, and even LORAN stations.
Redbud Class Light Cargo Ship:
- Laid down, 21 July 1943, for the US Coast Guard as a lighthouse tender, at Marine Iron and Shipbuilding, Duluth, MN.
- Launched, 11 September 1943
- Commissioned, USCGC Redbud (WLB-398), 2 May 1944
- Acquired on loan by the US Navy in 1949
- Classified as a Light Cargo Ship and commissioned USS Redbud (AKL-398), 23 July 1949, LCDR. Francis E. Clark USN in command
- Decommissioned and assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 28 February 1952
- Placed in service as USNS Redbud (T-AKL-398)
- Placed out of service and returned to the US Coast Guard, 10 November 1970
- Struck from the Naval Register 20 November 1970
- Transferred to the Philippines, 1 March 1972, renamed BRP Kalinga (AG-89)
- Final Disposition, fate unknown
Guess the ice strengthened hull came in handy. More photos from Navsource.
Got an answer to the question of her final fate on Facebook from Benjie Tadena.
decommissioned 2018 up for disposal.
More info here: https://www.facebook.com/Maxdefense/posts/today-28-june-2018-the-philippine-coast-guard-decommissioned-one-of-its-oldest-s/740968389407154/
Apparently has been sold for scrap.