USS Caliente (AO-53): Replenishment Oiler, World War II, United States Navy, Korean War, Vietnam War

USS Caliente (AO-53): Replenishment Oiler, World War II, United States Navy, Korean War, Vietnam War

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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The USS Caliente (AO-53) was a Cimarron-class fleet oiler built during World War II for the U.S. Navy. During her career in the Pacific Ocean, Caliente participated in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. She was highly decorated for fulfilling her dangerous mission of carrying fuel into battle areas. She received 10 battle stars for World War II, 4 for the Korean War and 8 campaign stars for the Vietnam War. The auxiliary oiler was built by Bethlehem Sparrows Point Shipyard as a type T3-S2-A1 fast petroleum carrier (Maritime Commission contract MC hull 719), and was laid down at Sparrows Point, Maryland, on 2 January 1943. She was launched 25 August 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Helen Kasary; and commissioned 22 October 1943, Commander E. G. Genthner, USNR, in command.