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Solvay (PC 603)

Call sign:
November - Uniform - Tango - Quebec

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 9 May 1942 at Consolidated Shipbuilding Corp., Morris Heights, NY
  • Launched 30 June 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-603, 1 October 1942
  • Placed in service as a naval reserve training vessel in September 1946 in the 4th Naval District (Philadelphia)
  • Decommissioned 8 January 1947 at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA
  • Placed out of service 1 February 1956 at Norfolk, VA and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Norfolk Group
  • Named Solvay 15 February 1956
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 July 1960
  • Approved for disposal 15 March 1961
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 450 t.
  • 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, two 20mm guns, two depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp Fairbanks Morse 38D8 1/8 diesel engines, Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    Size Image Description Source
    Solvay 115k . Christy Birling
    Solvay 113k
    Solvay 323k
    Solvay 388k From the collection of Fred Graves Janet Jones
    Solvay 34k CDR Flagg, CO, USS PC-603
    From the collection of Fred Graves
    Solvay 99k Ships officers. Left to right: LT Gaston, LTJG Scott, CDR Flagg, ENS Hopper and LT Hewitt
    From the collection of Fred Graves
    Solvay 52k Shipmates. Left to right: Clifford, Frederick W. Graves, Centner, and Stone
    From the collection of Fred Graves
    Solvay 76k c. January 1943
    Neah Bay, WA
    From the collection of Fred Graves

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