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Batesburg (PCE 903)
ex-PCE-903



Call sign:
November - Papa - Hotel - Foxtrot


Batesburg served the Navies of the United States and South Korea.

PCE-881 Class Patrol Craft Escort: Laid down, 18 February 1943 at Willamette Iron and Steel Corp., Portland, OR; Launched, 6 September 1943; Commissioned USS PCE-903, 16 May 1945; Decommissioned 6 September 1955 at Charleston, SC and placed in reserve; Named Batesburg 1 February 1956; Struck from the Navy list 1 June 1961; Transferred to South Korea 13 December 1961 as Sa Chon (PCE 59) and served until 1979. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 850 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, five 20mm mounts, two depth charge tracks, four depth charge projectors, one depth charge projector (hedgehog); Propulsion 2,000bhp General Motors 12-278A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.


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