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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive

HM MGB-179
ex-PT-215



Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - Love - Xray


PT-215 served the Navies of the United States, Great Britain and Italy.


78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 21 August 1942 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 31 December 1942
  • Completed 26 February 1943, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron SIXTEEN under the command of Lt. Comdr. Russell H. Smith, USN
  • Transferred 13 March 1943 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FIFTEEN (MTBRon 15) under the command of CDR Stanley M. Barnes, USN
  • MTBRon 15 was the first PT squadron sent to the Mediterranean Theater, where it operated as a unit of the British Coastal Forces. It had action throughout the western Mediterranean, basing at Bizerte
    and Bone, Africa; Palermo, Sicily; Salerno, Capri, and Leghorn, Italy; Maddalena, Sardinia; Bastia and Calvi, Corsica, and St. Tropez, France
  • The "Man O' War" was transferred to Great Britain 17 October 1944 and reclassified HM MGB-179
  • Struck from the Naval Register 17 April 1946
  • Transferred to Italy in February 1947 at Palermo, Sicily and reclassified GIS-0027
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists transfer to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission as January 1948
  • Reclassified GIS-853, 1 April 1951
  • Reclassified as a Torpedo Boat, MS-853, 1 November 1952
  • Reclassified MS-453, 1 November 1954
  • Scrapped in 1980 at La Spezia, Italy.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 78'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5' 3"
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, four 21" torpedoes, two twin .50 cal. machine guns, one 37mm mount and one 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-215
    PT-215 184k 26 February 1943
    New Orleans, LA
    MTBRon 16 commissioning ceremony on the fore deck of PT-215. PT-214 is in the background
    Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-215 205k 26 February 1943
    New Orleans, LA
    MTBRon 16 commissioning ceremony
    PT-215 225k 26 February 1943
    New Orleans, LA
    MTBRon 16 commissioning party
    PT-215 161k At the Blue Grotto, Capri, Italy
    PT-203 88k c. 1944
    "Shark toothed" PT-203 and PT-215, moored between two unidentified PT boats at the PT Boat Base at Bastia, Corsica in the Mediterranean. PT-312 is in the
    left background
    Photo from Life Magazine Archives - Carl Mydans Photographer, Shared by Peter DeForest
    Mike Green
    PT-215 82k c. June 1944
    Man O' War leaving the PT Boat Base at Bastia, Corsica in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations
    Photo from Life Magazine Archives - Carl Mydans Photographer, Shared by Peter DeForest
    Photo added 31 March 2019
    PT-215 89k c. June 1944
    Man O' War underway in the Mediterranean
    Photo from Life Magazine Archives - Carl Mydans Photographer, Shared by Peter DeForest
    Photo added 31 March 2019
    PT-215 75k c. June 1944
    Port bow closeup of Man O' War leaving the PT Boat Base at Bastia, Corsica in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations
    Photo from Life Magazine Archives - Carl Mydans Photographer, Shared by Peter DeForest
    Photo added 31 March 2019
    MS-453
    PT-94 & 225 145k c. 1967
    MS 453 and MS 444 ex-PT-94 with an unidentified "MS" boat and an "Ape" class corvette underway
    Italian Navy photo from the 1967/1968 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    PT-215 143k c. 1969
    Italian Navy photo from the 1969/1970 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    PT-215 399k c. March 1980
    La Spezia, Italy
    Carlo Martinelli

    Boat Captain
    01LT George A. Steele, Jr., USNRAugust 1943
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-215
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