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PCE-1608



Call sign:
Papa - Alpha - Lima - Papa


PC-1608 was built for The Netherlands.

PCE-1604 Class Patrol Craft Escort/Roofdier (Predator) Class Corvette:

  • Laid down 3 August 1952 as PCE-1608 by Avondale Marine Ways Inc., New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 1 May 1954
  • Commissioned 11 June 1954 as the Dutch Corvette HRNLMS Panter (Panther) (F 821)
  • Scrapped in 1987.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 402 t.
  • Length 175'
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 10' 10"
  • Speed 18.7 kts.
  • Complement 63
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount, two 40mm mounts and two 20mm mounts, Between 1959 and 1962 she was armed with a Mk15 Hedgehog rocket launchers, four depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 900bhp General Motors 12-567A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    PCE-1608 148k 11 June 1954
    Transfer of PCE-1608 and PCE-1609 to Netherlands Navy at Naval Station New Orleans, LA. Capt. F. H. Gardner, USN, C.O. (left), accepts a vase, on behalf of the station, presented him by RADM Gerard Koudijis, RNN as a token of appreciation and friendship extended officers and men of the ships which were transferred.
    National Archives photo 80-G-639257
    Dan Treadwell
    PCE-1608 109k 11 June 1954
    Transfer of PCE-1608 and PCE-1609 to Netherlands Navy at Naval Station New Orleans, LA. RADM Gerard Koudijis, RNN signs the papers as Capt. F. H. Gardner, USN, looks on.
    National Archives photo 80-G-639258
    Dan Treadwell
    PCE-1608 199k 11 June 1954
    Transfer of PCE-1608 and PCE-1609 to Netherlands Navy at Naval Station New Orleans, LA. Men of Panter and HNLMS Jaguar (F 822) stand with heads bared during the benediction which followed the transfer ceremony.
    National Archives photo 80-G-639259
    Dan Treadwell
    PCE-1605 121k Panter; HRNLMS Vos (F 820), ex-PCE-1606; HRNLMS Hermelijn (F 819), ex-PCE-1605 and HRNLMS Wolf ( 817), ex-PCE-1607
    Royal Netherlands Navy photo
    Fran Van Gerven
    PCE-1608 76k c. July 1969
    In the Kiel Canal
    Royal Netherlands Navy photo
    Royal Netherlands Navy
    PCE-1608 117k The Light Cruiser HRNLMS de Ruyter (C 801) passing Panter to port Pieter Bakels
    PCE-1608 126k . Pieter Bakels
    PCE-1608 115k . Pieter Bakels
    PCE-1608 240k . Pieter Bakels
    PCE-1608 96k . Pieter Bakels
    PCE-1606 168k Vos, Panter and Onvermoeid (A 857), ex-MSO-484 passing the light cruiser de Ruyter (C 801) to port. Pieter Bakels
    PCE-1608 159k Photo from the 1967/1968 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships Mike Green

    There is no DANFS history available for PCE-1608
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