Tenth Ship to Depart Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet

The non-retention vessel Taluga is scheduled to depart the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet on Thursday, July 1, 2010. This is the tenth ship to leave the fleet site since last October, when the Obama Administration announced an effort to improve the surrounding environment and clean up the Fleet after years of neglect.

Formerly the USS Taluga (AO-62), the vessel was built under a Maritime Commission contract to Bethlehem Steel Company in Sparrows Point, Maryland, and launched on July 10, 1944. The Cimarron-class fleet oiler was acquired by the U.S. Navy during World War II and served primarily in the Pacific theatre of operations, providing petroleum products to combat ships where needed.

The vessel was struck from the Naval Register in 1992, entered the National Defense Reserve Fleet in Suisun Bay, California, and the name was subsequently changed to Taluga.

What: Ship Departure - Taluga

When: July 1, 2010, approximately 06:30AM (PST)
(Please be advised that departure dates and times are subject to change and are dependent on weather and other conditions.)

Where: Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, Benicia, California

Why: The vessel will be cleaned of marine growth and loose exterior paint in dry-dock at a ship repair facility in San Francisco before departing for Texas, where it will be recycled.

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