USCGC Southwind (WAGB-280)
Wind class icebreaker
The Wind-class icebreakers were a line of diesel electric-powered icebreakers in service with the United States Navy, United States Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Coast Guard and Soviet Navy from 1944 through the late 1970s...
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that served in the United States Coast Guard
United States Coast Guard
The United States Coast Guard is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven U.S. uniformed services. The Coast Guard is a maritime, military, multi-mission service unique among the military branches for having a maritime law enforcement mission and a federal regulatory agency...
as USCGC Southwind (WAG-280), the Soviet Navy
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as the Admiral Makarov, the United States Navy
United States Navy
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as USS Atka (AGB-3) and again in the U.S. Coast Guard as USCGC Southwind (WAGB-280).
Construction began on 20 July 1942 in the Western Pipe and Steel Company
Western Pipe and Steel Company
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shipyards in San Pedro
San Pedro, Los Angeles, California
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, and she was launched on 8 March 1943 sponsored by Mrs Ona Jones.
Red wine with fish... Well, that should have told me something.