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Banning (PCE 886)
ex-PCE(C)-886
ex-PCE-886



Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Peter - Mike

PCE-842 Class Patrol Craft Escort:

  • Laid down 29 March 1944 by the Albina Engine and Machine Works, Portland, OR
  • Launched 10 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS PCE-886, 31 May 1945 at Portland
  • Decommissioned 30 December 1949 and laid up with the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Astoria Group, Astoria, OR
  • Recommissioned 7 September 1950 and reclassified as a Control Escort, PCE(C)-886
  • Decommissioned in August 1953 and again laid up in the Astoria Group
  • Named Banning 15 February 1956 and reclassified back to a Patrol Craft Escort, PCE-886
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 May 1961
  • Turned over to the Hood River Port Commission, Hood River, OR in July 1961 for use as a memorial
  • Returned to Navy custody in 1969
  • Acquired in 1972 by Growler, Inc. of Juneau, AK and renamed Growler
  • Foundered 1 October 1973 in the Chukchi Sea off Cape Prince of Wales, AK.

    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 mount, three twin 40mm mounts, four twin 20mm mounts, two depth charge tracks, four depth charge projector K-guns, and one Mk6 depth charge projector (hedgehog)
    1948 - K-guns removed
  • Propulsion: Two 1,000bhp General Motors 12-578A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS PCE(C)-886
    PCE-886 131k . E. J. Comeau
    PC 553/1228
    PCE-886 65k
    Banning 156k . Joe Radigan
    Banning 172k c. January 1952
    Inboard profile
    Line drawing by A. D. Baker, III from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman
    Robert Hurst
    Banning (PCE 886)
    Banning 111k Visitors begin a conducted tour of Banning at Hood River, OR Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Eugene W. Stetson, Jr., USNR31 May 1945
    02LT Ernest L. Carpenter, USN1952
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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