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Brattleboro (EPCE[R] 852)
ex-EPCE(R)-852
ex-PCE(R)-852



Call sign:
November - Yankee - Foxtrot - Bravo

ex-PCE-852

Brattleboro served the Navies of the United States, South Vietnam and the Philippines.


PCE(R)-848 Class Patrol Craft Escort (Rescue):

  • Originally planned as PCE-852 but reclassified PCE(R)-852 in June 1943
  • Laid down 28 October 1943 by the Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Co., Chicago, IL
  • Launched 1 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS PCE(R)-852, 26 May 1944 at New Orleans, LA
  • Reclassified as an Experimental Patrol Craft Escort (Rescue), EPCE(R)-852 in 1946
  • Named Brattleboro 15 February 1956
  • Decommissioned 1 November 1965 at Philadelphia, PA and struck from the Navy list
  • Transferred to South Vietnam 11 July 1966 and renamed Ngoc Hoi (HQ-12)
  • Escaped to the Philippines in 1975 after the fall of South Vietnam
  • Renamed RPS Miguel Malvar (PS 19)
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 903 t.
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33' 1"
  • Draft 9' 5"
  • Speed 15.7 kts.
  • Complement 99
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 40mm gun mounts, four 20mm mounts, four depth charge projectors, one Hedgehog and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,000bhp General Motors diesel engines (12-567A starboard engine and 12-567B port engine), Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    USS Brattleboro (PCE[R] 852)
    PCER-852 45k . Robert Hurst
    PCER-852 108k . Bob Goll
    PCER-852 143k U.S. Navy photo from the April 1958 edition of All Hands magazine Joe Radigan
    RVN Ngoc Hoi (HQ 12)
    PCER-852 68k . Robert Hurst
    PCER-852 63k c. 1965. -
    RPS Miguel Malvar (PS 19)
    PCER-852 103k Seen here as RPS Miguel Malvar (PS 19) -
    PCER-852 212k 7 July 2012
    Celebes Sea
    Miguel Malvar steams alongside the USCGC Waesche (WMSL-751) during a replenishment at sea approach (RASAP) training event. This event is part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2012 Philippines. CARAT is a series of bilateral military exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Timor Leste joined the exercise for the first time in 2012
    U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gregory A. Harden II
    Robert Hurst
    PCER-852 281k 8 July 2012
    Celebes Sea
    BRP Salvador Abcede (PG-114), Miguel Malvar, and BRP IloIlo (PS-32), ex-PCE-897; the coast guard ship PCG Pampanga (SARV-003); and USS Vandegrift (FFG-48) steam together, to mark the conclusion of the at-sea phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines 2012. CARAT is a series of bilateral military exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Timor Leste joins the exercise for the first time in 2012
    U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gregory A. Harden II
    PCER-852 287k 8 July 2012
    Celebes Sea
    BRP Iloilo (PS-32), the coast guard ship PCG Pampanga (SARV-003), Malvar, BRP Salvador Abcede (PG-114) and USCGC Waesche (WMSL-751) on a photo exercise (PHOTOEX). The event marks the conclusion of the at-sea phase of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines 2012. CARAT is a series of bilateral military exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Timor Leste joined the exercise for the first time in 2012
    U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class N. Ross Taylor

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Henry J. Irwin, USNR - Awarded the Navy Cross (1945)26 May 1944
    ??LCDR Gerald Michael Carter, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1954
    Awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legion's of Merit, the Bronze Star, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal - Retired as Captain
    March 1958 - April 1959
    ??LCDR Donald Eugene "Gene" Mosman, USNJune 1963 - November 1965
    Courtesy of Bill Gonyo and Joe Radigan

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