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Kelso (PC-1170)

Call sign:
November - Papa - Mike - Oscar

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 3 July 1943 at Sullivan Dry Dock and Repair Co., Brooklyn, NY
  • Launched 16 October 1943
  • Commissioned USS PC-1170, 21 February 1944
  • Decommissioned 5 August 1955 at San Francisco, CA and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Named Kelso 15 February 1956
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 July 1960
  • Sold for scrap 25 April 1961 to the Ship Supply Corp.


  • Displacement 280 t. (lt), 295 t. (fl)
  • Length 175'
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 10' 10"
  • Speed 20 kts.
  • Complement 59
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, one 40mm gun mount; three 20mm guns, two depth charge projectors (Hedge hog), four depth charge projectors (K-gun), and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp General Motors 16-278A diesel engines (Serial No. 14247 & 14248), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Kelso 109k The escort carrier USS Saidor (CVE 117) is in the background .
    Kelso 69k c. 1944
    Bureau of Ships photo
    Original photo from Gus D. Stamos, QM3
    crew member 1947-1949
    Replacement photo from Edib Krlicbegovic
    Kelso 56k . Gus D. Stamos, QM3
    crew member 1947-1949
    Kelso 29k Pearl Harbor

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Burrill D. Barker, Jr., USN21 February 1944
    ??LTJG Francis Everett Pearson, III, USNFebruary 1947 - February 1948
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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