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PC-561 served the Navies of the United States and Brazil

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 30 January 1942 at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN
  • Launched 1 May 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-561, 11 July 1942
  • Decommissioned 30 November 1943, transferred to Brazil and named BZ Graśna (G 8)
  • Returned to U.S. custody 19 April 1950 and transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission and returned to Brazil
  • Placed out of service 15 October 1951
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 280 t.(lt), 450 t.(fl)
  • Length 173' 8"
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 10' 10"
  • Speed 20.2 kts.
  • Complement 65
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, one 40mm gun mount; three 20mm guns, two hedgehog depth charge projectors, four depth charge projectores and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp General Motors 16-258S diesel engines (Serial No. 6349 and 6350), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    PC-561 45k Bob Daly/PC-1181
    BZ Graśna (G 8)
    PC-561 74k Sixtant - World War II in the South Atlantic

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