Welcome to USS CALIENTE AO-53

Welcome to the USS Caliente Association website.  The USS Caliente (AO-53) (Cal) was a fleet auxiliary oiler that proudly served our country in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.  The Cal carried a crew varying in number between 200 and 300 and during her 30 years of service earned 14 battle stars and eight campaign ribbons. The Cal not only provided fuel for the fleet she bought mail, movies and supplies to ships that were unable to visit port as often as the Cal.  Fuel was transferred between ships during underway replenishments (unreps).  During unreps ships were about 75 feet apart and could be on both sides of the Cal.  The crew had to maintain station (keep on course and speed), keep fuel lines taut, keep fuel pumps running and transfer necessary mail, supplies and often personnel to the alongside ship(s).  


 

ASSOCIATION INFO

More than 40 years after serving on the USS Caliente (Cal) and after reading, in various military publications about ships' reunions, Bob LeGacy (BM2, 1943-1945) thought there should be a reunion of the Cal's ship's crew.

USS CALIENTE AO-53 REUNION

Get more information on upcoming USS CALEINTE AO-53 Reunion.

NEWS & INFO

Find out more happenings regarding shipmates and goings on with the USS CALIENTE AO-53.

News

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