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HM MTB-402
ex-PT-390



Call sign:
Nan - Tare - Fox - Tare


PT-390 served the Navies of Great Britain and Italy.

70' Vosper Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 14 September 1943 as PT-390 by Robert Jacobs, City Island, NY
  • Launched 22 January 1944
  • "Little Butch" was completed 29 June 1944, transferred to Great Britain and named HM MTB-402
  • Returned to U.S. custody 16 October 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 November 1945
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in January 1948
  • Transferred to Italy 1 February 1948 and reclassified as a Torpedo Recovery Craft, GIS-004
  • Reclassified GIS-814
  • Reclassified as a Motor Torpedo Boat, MS-814
  • Reclassified MS-464
  • Struck from the Navy list 30 June 1959
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 39 t.
  • Length 72'
  • Beam 19'
  • Draft 4' 9"
  • Speed 40 kts.
  • Complement 13
  • Armament: One twin Vickers .50 cal. machine gun in Mk 5 turret, two 21" torpedoes and two depth charges
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-390 106k c. 1953
    In Maltese waters
    Italian Navy photo courtesy of A. & V. Pavia from the 1954/1955 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-390
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