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TACOMA patrol frigates (1943-1945)

Forsyth 1945

No Name Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
PF3 Tacoma Kaiser, Richmond 3/1943 7/7/1943 11/1943 to Soviet Union 8/1945-10/1949 (έΚ-11) (<EK-11>), to South Korea 10/1951 (Taedong)
PF4 Sausalito Kaiser, Richmond 4/1943 20/7/1943 3/1944 to Soviet Union 8/1945-11/1949 (έΚ-16) (<EK-16>), to South Korea 9/1952 (Imchin)
PF5 Hoquiam Kaiser, Richmond 4/1943 31/7/1943 5/1944 to Soviet Union 8/1945-11/1949 (έΚ-13) (<EK-13>), to South Korea 10/1951 (Naetong)
PF6 Pasco Kaiser, Richmond 7/1943 17/8/1943 4/1944 to Soviet Union 8/1945-1950 (έΚ-12) (<EK-12>), to Japan 1953 (Kashi)
PF7 Albuquerque Kaiser, Richmond 1943 14/9/1943 12/1943 to Soviet Union 8/1945-11/1949 (έΚ-14) (<EK-14>), to Japan 11/1953 (Tochi)
PF8 Everett Kaiser, Richmond 1943 29/9/1943 1/1944 to Soviet Union 8/1945-11/1949 (έΚ-15) (<EK-15>), to Japan 5/1953 (Kiri)
PF9 Pocatello Kaiser, Richmond 8/1943 17/10/1943 2/1944 BU 9/1947
PF10 Brownsville Kaiser, Richmond 9/1943 14/11/1943 5/1944 BU 9/1947
PF11 Grand Forks Kaiser, Richmond 9/1943 27/11/1943 3/1944 stricken 6/1946
PF12 Casper Kaiser, Richmond 10/1943 27/12/1943 3/1944 BU 5/1947
PF13 Pueblo Kaiser, Richmond 11/1943 20/1/1944 5/1944 sold 9/1947, later to Dominican Republic (Presidente Peynado)
PF14 Grand Island Kaiser, Richmond 11/1943 19/2/1944 5/1944 to Cuba 6/1947 (Maximo Gomez)
PF15 Annapolis American SB, Lorain 5/1943 16/10/1943 12/1944 stricken 6/1946, to Mexico (Usumacinta)
PF16 Bangor American SB, Lorain 5/1943 6/11/1943 11/1944 Coast Guard cutter 4/1946, frigate 8/1946, to Mexico 11/1947 (General Jose Maria Morelos)
PF17 Key West American SB, Lorain 6/1943 29/12/1943 11/1944 BU 4/1947
PF18 Alexandria American SB, Lorain 6/1943 15/1/1944 3/1945 stricken 5/1946
PF19 Huron American SB, Cleveland 5/1943 3/7/1943 9/1944 sold 5/1947, later to Brazil (Jose Marcelino)
PF20 Gulfport American SB, Cleveland 1943 21/8/1943 9/1944 stricken 6/1946
PF21 Bayonne American SB, Cleveland 1943 11/9/1943 2/1945 to Soviet Union 9/1945-11/1949 (έΚ-25) (<EK-25>), to Japan 1/1953 (Buna)
PF22 Gloucester Walter Butler, Superior 1943 12/7/1943 12/1943 to Soviet Union 9/1945-10/1949 (έΚ-26) (<EK-26>), to Japan 10/1953 (Tsuge)
PF23 Shreveport Walter Butler, Superior 3/1943 15/7/1943 12/1943 stricken 6/1946
PF24 Muskegon Walter Butler, Superior 5/1943 25/7/1943 2/1944 Coast Guard cutter 3/1946, frigate 8/1946, to France 3/1947 (Mermoz)
PF25 Charlottesville Walter Butler, Superior 5/1943 30/7/1943 4/1944 to Soviet Union 7/1945-10/1949 (έΚ-1) (<EK-1>), to Japan 1/1953 (Matsu)
PF26 Poughkeepsie Walter Butler, Superior 6/1943 12/8/1943 9/1944 to Soviet Union 9/1945-10/1950 (έΚ-27) (<EK-27>), to Japan 1/1953 (Momi)
PF27 Newport Walter Butler, Superior 6/1943 15/8/1943 9/1944 to Soviet Union 9/1945-11/1949 (έΚ-28) (<EK-28>), to Japan 10/1953 (Kaede)
PF28 Emporia Walter Butler, Superior 7/1943 30/8/1943 10/1944 Coast Guard cutter 3/1946, frigate 8/1946, to France 3/1947 (Le Verrier)
PF29 Groton Walter Butler, Superior 7/1943 14/9/1943 9/1944 Coast Guard cutter 3/1946, frigate 9/1946, to Columbia 3/1947 (Almirante Padilla)
PF30 Hingham Walter Butler, Superior 7/1943 27/8/1943 11/1944 BU 8/1947
PF31 Grand Rapids Walter Butler, Superior 7/1943 10/9/1943 10/1944 BU 4/1947
PF32 Woonsocket Walter Butler, Superior 8/1943 27/9/1943 9/1944 Coast Guard cutter 3/1946, frigate 9/1946, stricken 5/1947, to Peru (Teniente Galvez)
PF33 Dearborn (ex-Toledo) Walter Butler, Superior 8/1943 27/9/1943 9/1944 BU 7/1947
PF34 Long Beach Consolidated Steel, San Pedro 3/1943 5/5/1943 9/1943 to Soviet Union 7/1945-1949 (έΚ-2) (<EK-2>), to Japan 11/1953 (Shii)
PF35 Belfast Consolidated Steel, San Pedro 3/1943 20/5/1943 11/1943 to Soviet Union 7/1945 (έΚ-3) (<EK-3>)
PF36 Glendale Consolidated Steel, San Pedro 4/1943 28/5/1943 10/1943 to Soviet Union 6/1945-11/1949 (έΚ-6) (<EK-6>), to Thailand 10/1951 (Tachin)
PF37 San Pedro Consolidated Steel, San Pedro 4/1943 11/6/1943 10/1943 to Soviet Union 7/1945-10/1949 (έΚ-5) (<EK-5>), to Japan 4/1953 (Kaya)
PF38 Coronado Consolidated Steel, San Pedro 5/1943 17/6/1943 11/1943 to Soviet Union 7/1945-10/1949 (έΚ-8) (<EK-8>), to Japan 1/1953 (Sugi)
PF39 Ogden Consolidated Steel, San Pedro 5/1943 23/6/1943 12/1943 to Soviet Union 7/1945-10/1949 (έΚ-10) (<EK-10>), to Japan 1/1953 (Kusu)
PF40 Eugene Consolidated Steel, San Pedro 6/1943 6/7/1943 1/1944 stricken 7/1946, to Cuba (Jose Marti)
PF41 El Paso Consolidated Steel, San Pedro 6/1943 16/7/1943 12/1943 BU 10/1947
PF42 Van Buren Consolidated Steel, San Pedro 6/1943 27/7/1943 12/1943 stricken 6/1946
PF43 Orange Consolidated Steel, San Pedro 7/1943 6/8/1943 1/1944 stricken 4/1947
PF44 Corpus Christi Consolidated Steel, San Pedro 7/1943 17/8/1943 1/1944 BU 10/1947
PF45 Hutchinson Consolidated Steel, San Pedro 1943 27/8/1943 2/1944 Coast Guard cutter 4/1946, frigate 9/1946, stricken 10/1946, to Mexico (California)
PF46 Bisbee Consolidated Steel, San Pedro 1943 7/9/1943 2/1944 to Soviet Union 8/1945-10/1950 (έΚ-17) (<EK-17>), to Columbia 2/1953 (Capitan Tono)
PF47 Gallup Consolidated Steel, San Pedro 8/1943 17/9/1943 2/1944 to Soviet Union 8/1945-11/1949 (έΚ-22) (<EK-22>), to Thailand 10/1951 (Prasae)
PF48 Rockford Consolidated Steel, San Pedro 8/1943 27/9/1943 3/1944 to Soviet Union 8/1945-11/1949 (έΚ-18) (<EK-18>), to South Korea 10/1950 (Apnok)
PF49 Muskogee Consolidated Steel, San Pedro 9/1943 18/10/1943 3/1944 to Soviet Union 8/1945-11/1949 (έΚ-19) (<EK-19>), to South Korea 10/1950 (Dumon)
PF50 Carson City Consolidated Steel, San Pedro 9/1943 13/11/1943 3/1944 to Soviet Union 8/1945-10/1949 (έΚ-20) (<EK-20>), to Japan 4/1953 (Sakura)
PF51 Burlington Consolidated Steel, San Pedro 1943 7/12/1943 4/1944 to Soviet Union 8/1945-11/1949 (έΚ-21) (<EK-21>), to Columbia 6/1953 (Almirante Brion)
PF52 Allentown Froemming, Milwaukee 1943 3/7/1943 3/1944 to Soviet Union 7/1945-10/1949 (έΚ-9) (<EK-9>), to Japan 4/1953 (Ume)
PF53 Machias Froemming, Milwaukee 5/1943 22/8/1943 3/1944 to Soviet Union 7/1945-10/1949 (έΚ-4) (<EK-4>), to Japan 1/1953 (Nara)
PF54 Sandusky Froemming, Milwaukee 7/1943 5/10/1943 4/1944 to Soviet Union 7/1945-10/1949 (έΚ-7) (<EK-7>), to Japan 2/1953 (Nire)
PF55 Bath Froemming, Milwaukee 8/1943 14/11/1943 9/1944 to Soviet Union 7/1945-11/1949 (έΚ-29) (<EK-29>), to Japan 12/1953 (Maki)
PF56 Covington Globe, Superior 3/1943 15/7/1943 10/1944 Coast Guard cutter 3/1946, frigate 9/1946, stricken 4/1947, to Equador (Guayas)
PF57 Sheboygan Globe, Superior 4/1943 31/7/1943 5/1944 Coast Guard cutter 3/1946, frigate 8/1946, to Belgium 3/1947 (Lieutenant der Zee Victor Billet)
PF58 Abilene (ex-Bridgeport) Globe, Superior 5/1943 21/8/1943 10/1944 to Netherlands 5/1947 (Cirrus)
PF59 Beaufort Globe, Superior 7/1943 9/10/1943 8/1944 BU 4/1947
PF60 Charlotte Globe, Superior 8/1943 10/10/1943 10/1944 sold 5/1947
PF61 Manitowoc Globe, Duluth 8/1943 30/11/1943 12/1944 Coast Guard cutter 3/1946, frigate 9/1946, to France 3/1947 (Le Brix)
PF62 Gladwyne (ex-Worcester) Globe, Duluth 10/1943 7/1/1944 11/1944 stricken 10/1946, to Mexico (Papaloapan)
PF63 Moberly (ex-Scranton) Globe, Duluth 11/1943 26/1/1944 12/1944 stricken 4/1947
PF64 Knoxville Leatham D. Smith SB, Superior 4/1943 10/7/1943 4/1944 to Dominican Republic 9/1947 (Presidente Troncoso)
PF65 Uniontown (ex-Chattanooga) Leatham D. Smith SB, Superior 4/1943 7/8/1943 10/1944 stricken 1/1946, to Argentina (Sarandi)
PF66 Reading Leatham D. Smith SB, Superior 5/1943 28/8/1943 8/1944 stricken 1/1946, to Argentina (Heroina)
PF67 Peoria Leatham D. Smith SB, Superior 5/1943 2/10/1943 1/1945 stricken 6/1946, to Cuba (Antonio Maceo)
PF68 Brunswick Leatham D. Smith SB, Superior 7/1943 6/11/1943 10/1944 stricken 6/1946
PF69 Davenport Leatham D. Smith SB, Superior 8/1943 8/12/1943 2/1945 BU 6/1946
PF70 Evansville Leatham D. Smith SB, Superior 8/1943 27/11/1943 12/1944 to Soviet Union 9/1945-1949 (έΚ-30) (<EK-30>), to Japan 10/1953 (Keyaki)
PF71 New Bedford Leatham D. Smith SB, Superior 10/1943 29/12/1943 11/1944 BU 11/1947
PF72 Hallowell (ex-Machias) Walsh-Kaiser, Providence 4/1943 14/7/1943 10/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 10/1943 (Anguilla)
PF73 Hammond Walsh-Kaiser, Providence 1943 26/7/1943 11/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 11/1943 (Antigua)
PF74 Hargood Walsh-Kaiser, Providence 1943 6/8/1943 11/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 11/1943 (Ascension)
PF75 Hotham Walsh-Kaiser, Providence 1943 17/8/1943 12/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 12/1943 (Bahamas)
PF76 Halstead Walsh-Kaiser, Providence 1943 27/8/1943 12/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 12/1943 (Barbados)
PF77 Hannam Walsh-Kaiser, Providence 1943 6/9/1943 12/1943 // --- to United Kingdom 12/1943 (Caicos)
PF78 Harland Walsh-Kaiser, Providence 1943 6/9/1943 1/1944 // --- to United Kingdom 1/1944 (Cayman)
PF79 Harman Walsh-Kaiser, Providence 1943 14/9/1943 1/1944 // --- to United Kingdom 1/1944 (Dominica)
PF80 Harvey Walsh-Kaiser, Providence 1943 21/9/1943 2/1944 // --- to United Kingdom 2/1944 (Labuan)
PF81 Holmes Walsh-Kaiser, Providence 1943 27/9/1943 8/1944 // --- to United Kingdom 8/1944 (Tobago)
PF82 Hornby Walsh-Kaiser, Providence 1943 27/9/1943 8/1944 // --- to United Kingdom 8/1944 (Montserrat)
PF83 Hoste Walsh-Kaiser, Providence 1943 6/10/1943 7/1944 // --- to United Kingdom 7/1944 (Nyasaland)
PF84 Howett Walsh-Kaiser, Providence 1943 10/10/1943 7/1944 // --- to United Kingdom 1/1944 (Papua)
PF85 Pilford Walsh-Kaiser, Providence 1943 15/10/1943 7/1944 to United Kingdom 7/1944 (Pitcairn)
PF86 Pasley Walsh-Kaiser, Providence 9/1943 20/10/1943 2/1944 // --- to United Kingdom 2/1944 (St. Helena)
PF87 Patton Walsh-Kaiser, Providence 10/1943 25/10/1943 2/1944 // --- to United Kingdom 2/1944 (Sarawak)
PF88 Peard Walsh-Kaiser, Providence 10/1943 30/10/1943 2/1944 // --- to United Kingdom 2/1944 (Seycheles)
PF89 Phillimore Walsh-Kaiser, Providence 1943 5/11/1943 2/1944 // --- to United Kingdom 2/1944 (Perim)
PF90 Popham Walsh-Kaiser, Providence 1943 11/11/1943 2/1944 // --- to United Kingdom 2/1944 (Somaliland)
PF91 Peyton Walsh-Kaiser, Providence 10/1943 16/11/1943 5/1944 // --- to United Kingdom 5/1944 (Tortola)
PF92 Prowse Walsh-Kaiser, Providence 10/1943 21/11/1943 6/1944 // --- to United Kingdom 6/1944 (Zanzibar)
PF93 Lorain (ex-Roanoke) American SB, Lorain 10/1943 18/3/1944 1/1945 to France 3/1947 (La Place)
PF94 Milledgeville (ex-Sitka) American SB, Lorain 11/1943 5/4/1944 1/1945 stricken 4/1947
PF95 Stamford American SB, Lorain --- --- --- cancelled 12/1943
PF96 Macon American SB, Lorain --- --- --- cancelled 12/1943
PF97 Lorain (ex-Sitka) American SB, Lorain --- --- --- cancelled 1/1944
PF98 Vallejo (ex-Milledgeville) American SB, Lorain --- --- --- cancelled 12/1943
PF99 Orlando American SB, Cleveland 8/1943 1/12/1943 11/1944 stricken 7/1946
PF100 Racine American SB, Cleveland 9/1943 15/3/1944 1/1945 stricken 7/1946
PF101 Greensboro American SB, Cleveland 1943 9/3/1944 1/1945 stricken 4/1947
PF102 Forsyth American SB, Cleveland 12/1943 20/5/1944 2/1945 Coast Guard cutter 3/1946, frigate 8/1946, to Netherlands 7/1947 (Cumulus)

 

Displacement standard, t

1509

Displacement full, t

2238

Length, m

87.0 wl 92.6 oa

Breadth, m

11.4

Draught, m

3.86

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 3 boilers

Power, h. p.

5500

Max speed, kts

20

Fuel, t

oil 768

Endurance, nm (kts) 9500 (12)

Armament

PF3 - 16, 19, 21, 22, 25 - 27, 34 - 39, 42 - 65, 70: 3 x 1 - 76/50 Mk 20/21, 2 x 2 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 9 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog DCT, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (100)

PF17, 18, 20, 23, 24, 28 - 33, 40, 41, 66 - 69, 71, 93, 94, 99 - 102: 2 x 1 - 76/50 Mk 20/21, 2 x 2 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog DCT, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (100), balloons

Sensors

presumably SA, SF or SL or SU, Mk 26 radars, sonar

Complement

PF3 - 16, 19, 21, 22, 25 - 27, 34 - 39, 42 - 65, 70: 190

PF17, 18, 20, 23, 24, 28 - 33, 40, 41, 66 - 69, 71, 93, 94, 99 - 102: 176

Ship project history: Shortage of escort forces for service in Atlantic in a beginning of war has jogged the USA to go on a way tested by the Great Britain: building of warships on the unspecialized shipyards which do not have experience of naval shipbuilding. For not to waste time on working out the new project, on sentence of the Maritime commission, as the sample RN frigate of "River" class, designed in 1941 on norms of merchant shipbuilding with the account of abilities of small shipbuilders has been chosen. (US Navy should to receive 10 such Canadian-built ships on "reverse" lend-lease).

Originally new ships were supposed to be referred as gunboats (PG), but then they have invented a new type for them: "patrol frigates" (PF).

Unfortunately, at project conversion under possibilities of the American industry the desire to simplify a construction to please to adaptability to manufacture has led to that, in comparison with the "British" sample, "American" ship has appeared notably worse. Replacement of riveted hull construction by all-welded was not accompanied by corresponding recalculation of durability, and, as consequence, hulls of new ships "cracked" on a wave. Already after commission of all frigates it was necessary to strengthen longitudinal bracings but also after that the hull strength left much to be desired.

Besides problems with a hull strength, these ships possessed still a number of such lacks, as bad manoeuvrability and uncomfortable (to American measures) habitability conditions. Especially minuses of Tacoma class were appreciable against destroyer escorts created for decision of same tasks and carrying the same armament.

In total in 1942 100 ships of this class have been ordered, four were cancelled in 1943-1944 (PF95-98).

Modernizations: None.

1/1946, PF9-16, 19, 42-45, 56-65: 3 x 1 - 76/50 Mk 22, 2 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1, 9 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog Mk 10/11 ASWRL, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (100)

1/1946, PF17, 18, 20, 23, 24, 28-33, 40, 41, 66-69, 71, 93, 94, 99-102: 2 x 1 - 76/50 Mk 22, 2 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog Mk 10/11 ASWRL, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (100), balloons

Naval service: American ships have been staffed by the personnel of Coast guard. Ships of class serviced basically on Atlantic in the WWII.

Peoria 1945

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