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USS Caliente
Launched, 25 August, 1943


A stream in New Mexico: In the 1500’s the Spaniards, in their quest for gold and the Fountain of Youth, also discovered the Springs. These springs were named Ojo Caliente, means “warm eye” or hot spring.
There a Caliente Creek in southern California and a city of Caliente NE of Las Vegus, Nevada. There is an Ojo Caliente Spring near Old Faithful in Yellowstone Park. There is also the Aqua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.
USS Pecos

USS Pecos

USNS Pecos


Launched, 23 April 1921

Launched, 17 August 1942

Launched, 21 April 1990
The Pecos River or Rio Pecos, as it is known in New Mexico, arises near Santa Fe, New Mexico and flows for 926 miles through the eastern portion of that state and neighboring Texas before it empties into the Rio Grande near Del Rio. Pecos City claims to be the site of the world's first rodeo on July 4, 1883. Pacos, in Portugal (comes from the word pacos which means “steps”) refers to nobility houses were normally there were a frontal square, were we could hear the steps of those who came for audition
USS Cimarron

USS Cimarron

Launched, 7 January 1939

Launched, 28 April 1979
The Cimarron River extends 698 miles across New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Kansas. The river's name comes from the early Spanish name, Río de los Carneros Cimarrón, which is usually translated as River of the Wild Sheep. Early American explorers also called it the Red Fork of the Arkansas because of water's red color. In New Mexico the river is known as the Dry Cimarron River.
USS Caney
See Central Area
USS Chikaskia
See Central Area

USS Neosho

USS Neosho

USS Neosho


Launched, 24 April 1939 (2nd)

Launched, 23 December 1941

Launched, 24 April 1939 (4th)
A river flowing south from its source in Morris County in east central Kansas until emptying into the Arkansas River near Fort Gibson in Muskogee County, Oklahoma.  There is also a town of Neosho in Missouri. The first Neosho was a ironclad river monitor.
USS Shawnee Trail
AO-142 Launched, 31 May 1944

The Shawnee Trail was the first major route used by the cattle trailing industry to deliver longhorns to the markets of the Midwest. Longhorns were collected around San Antonio, Texas, and taken northward through Austin, Waco, and Dallas, crossing the Red River near Preston, Texas, at Rock Bluff. North of the Red River the trail divided for a time, coming together near Boggy Depot in the Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory. Here some herds veered sharply eastward to pass through Fort Smith, Arkansas. The main trail led to the Canadian River directly below the confluence of the north and south branches and forded the Arkansas River between the mouths of the Verdigris and Neosho rivers, and followed the Neosho past Fort Gibson almost to the Kansas border. The trail then subdivided into various routes which, depending on the final destination. Read.

USS Brazos
AO-4 Launched, 1 May 1919
The Brazos River, called the Rio de los Brazos de Dios by early Spanish explorers, which can be translated as "The River of the Arms of God," is the 11th longest river in the United States at 1280 miles from its source of Blackwater Draw, Curry County, New Mexico to its mouth at the Gulf of Mexico.
USS Navasota
AO-106 Launched, 30 August 1945
The Navasota River is a river in east Texas. It is about 125 miles long, and flows south into the Brazos River at a point where Brazos County, Grimes County, and Washington County meet.
USS Concho AO-102 Cancled, 18 August 1945
Concho is Spanish for "shell"; the river was so named due to a discovery of freshwater mussels which produced pearls, though not in sufficient economic quantities. The pearls are unique in that they often have a distinct pink to purple hue. These are the only pearls in the world to display this distinct color change.
USS Guadalupe

USNS Guadalupe

Launched, 26 January 1940

Launched, 5 October 1991
The Guadalupe river was first called after Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe by Alonso de León in 1689. It was renamed the San Augustin by Domingo Terán de los Ríos who maintained a colony on the river, but the name Guadalupe persisted. Many explorers referred to the current Guadalupe as the San Ybón above its confluence with the Comal, and instead the Comal was called the Guadalupe. Evidence indicates that the river has been home to humans for several thousand years, including the Karankawa, Tonkawa, and Huaco (pronounced like Waco) Indians.
USS Atascosa
AO-66 Launched, 7 September 1942
A river in Texas that rises in Frio County some 25 miles southwest of San Antonio, runs eastward and southerly through Atascosa County, and joins the Frio River a few miles above its confluence with the Nueces River, which then flows southeast to empty into Corpus Christi Bay.
USS Naches

USS Naches

USNS Naches


Launched, 2 June 1920

Launched, 11 October 1941

Launched, 1971  (AOT-183)
The Naches River  flows for 416 miles through east Texas to its mouth on Sabine Lake near the Rainbow Bridge. There also is a Naches River, a tributary of the Yakima River in central Washington State.
USS Sabine

See South Area
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