It is with much pleasure that I
give response to your letter of Dec 1, 1997, which I received today owing to
the fact that we found our self sailing from the first days of the month of
I inform you that EX-USS
TACOMA(PG92) is actually to be found in the service of and at the orders of
the Coast Guard Command of Colombia which belongs to the National Armada of
this country and it's name since the first of September, 1983 is the ARC
"QUITASEUNO" (SLEEPLESS) no 112.
During the 14 years of continuous
service in the Armada of the Republic of Colombia it has completed innumerable
operations of patrol, search and rescue, capture of shipments of contraband,
illicit substances and training missions with the U. S. Coast Guard and the U.
Actually, its only operational
limitation is owed to the failure of the LM-1500 turbine, which needs an
overhaul and because of its elevated cost has not been performed.
Nevertheless, all of the other systems of the principal motor and its
auxiliary are to be found in an excellent state of maintenance. It's maritime
presentation has always been something that has characterized this ship by its
good looks, which makes it stand out from the rest of the Armada National.
The cannon 3/50 is still
functioning in good shape with all of its accessories. On the poop of the ship
there has been installed a manual type Boffors 40 mm in good state.
In general the condition of the
ship is very good and for this reason as Commander I have been decorated on
two occasions for the work done in the refitting of the same, which 3 years
ago was found in a critical situation and close to being decommissioned, but
thanks to the will of the Command of the Armada and the special wish of the
officers and crew of this unit, we could not allow this to happen, working
hard in the refitting of all of the ship's systems.
In as far as personnel of the
ship, the Arc "QUITASEUNO, is operated by 5 officers, 20 crew members and
3 civilians (2 cooks and 1 welder), who stand out for their esprit de corps
and their love of this ship.
I find myself aboard since July 7,
1994. I was the second in command for a year and from June 15, 1995, I am the
Commander, where I hope to be deployed, until November 1998, the date in which
I must attend the Special Naval War College in the city of Santa Fe de Bogota.
For now I hope that the news given
is of interest to you and if you wish to know more you can write to me at the
Senor Plinio Alberto Garcia
Barrio Naval de Manzanillo Casa no. 105
Cartagena de Indias D. T.
Colombia - Suramerica.
I am sorry I could not write to
you in English, but I hope that you can translate all of the information that
I send to you with such pleasure.
Possibly, we will be in port here
at the Naval Base Arc "Bolivar" in Cartagena until the 19th of
January, 1998, at which time we will leave to complete a new mission and we
hope to return in a month to our principal base located in the North Coast of
Colombia on the on the shores of the Caribbean, in the beautiful and historic
City of Cartagena de Indias.
My wish is that the reunion of
ex-crew members of the ship becomes a reality, for which reason I send a
special greeting by way of a recent photograph, which I hope will be exhibited
on that occasion.
Capitan de Corbeta, Plinio Alberto Garcia Garavito
Commander of the ARC "QUITASEUNO"