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Belusan, a 200-ton gunboat, was captured in the Philippines in 1898 but never commissioned.


(IX-187: dp. 8537; 1. 517'6"; b. 64'; dr. 28'4"; s. 10.5 k.;
cpl. 70; a. 14", 2 3 ")

The first Belusan (IX-187), a tanker, was built in 1920 by Howaldtswerke, Kiel, Germany, as Vistula; bareboat chartered from the War Shipping Administration; taken over at Brisbane, Australia, 11 February 1945; and commissioned 14 February 1945, Lieutenant Commander W. C. Allen in command.

Attached to Service Force, 7th Fleet, Belusan served as a shuttle tanker in Australian waters until departing I April for Humboldt Bay, New Guinea, and Subic Bay, Luzon. She arrived at Subic Bay 24 April and moved to Manila Bay 5 May. On 17 August she carried a cargo of gasoline to Lingayen Gulf. After stripping at Cavite Navy Yard and Subic Bay (10 November 1945-7 January 1946), she was decommissioned 7 January at Subic Bay and returned to the War Shipping Administration the same day.