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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive

HM MGB-179

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.


  • 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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    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-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

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-215
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