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Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Yoke - Yoke

PC-556 served the Navies of the United States and France

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 1 October 1941 by Luders Marine Construction Co., Stamford, CT
  • Launched, 23 June 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-556, 1 September 1942 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard with a Coast Guard crew
  • During World War II, PC-556 was assigned to the European theater and participated in the following operations:
    Sicilian occupation, 9 - 15 July 1943
    Salerno landings, 9 - 21 September 1943
    Anzio-Netturno advanced landings, 22 - 28 January 1944 and 6 - 18 February 1944. (She was damaged by German aircraft off Anzio 10 May 1944), and the
    Invasion of Southern France, 15 August - 25 September 1944
  • Decommissioned 19 October 1944, transferred to France at Toulon and named Carabinier (W 92)
  • Reclassified as P-617
  • Struck from the Navy Register 9 July 1958 and used as a training hulk under the name Uranium
  • Scrapped in 1968
  • PC-556 earned four battle stars for World War II service.


  • Displacement 280 t.(lt), 450 t.(fl)
  • Length 173' 8"
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 10' 10"
  • Speed 20.2 kts.
  • Complement 65
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts, three 20mm guns, two rocket launchers, four depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp General Motors 16-258S diesel engines (Serial No. 6337 and 6338), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    USS PC-556
    PC-556 496k Crewmen loading the PC-556 for a cruise off the Atlantic coast, 8 October 1942. This particular vessel was only five weeks old when this photograph was taken, and may well have been preparing for her maiden operational voyage
    National Archives photo K-878
    Robert Hurst
    PC-556 115k 3"/50 gun mount
    National Archives photo
    Original photo: Hyperwar U.S. Navy in WWII
    Replacement photo: Joe Radigan
    PC-556 71k . Bob Daly/PC-1181
    PC-556 179k Looking down and aft from the Crow's Nest
    National Archives photo
    Joe Radigan
    Carabinier (P 617)
    PC-556 71k c. 1957
    Brest, France
    Moored outboard of Bisson (F 747)
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for PC-556
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