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USS Asheville (PF 1)



Call sign:
Nan - Queen - Charlie - Nan

ex-USS Asheville (PG 101)
ex-HMS Adur (K 269)


Asheville served the Navies of the United States and Argentina.

Asheville Class Patrol Frigate:

  • Laid down 10 March 1942 as HMS Adur (K 269) by Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal, Canada
  • Launched, 22 August 1942
  • Transferred to the United States prior to completion
  • Commissioned USS Asheville (PG-101), 1 December 1942
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-1, 15 April 1943
  • Decommissioned, 14 January 1946 at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA
  • Struck from the Navy list 25 February 1946
  • Sold 15 June 1946 to the United Boat Service Corp. of New York and resold to Argentina
  • Renamed ARA Hércules (P 31)
  • Transferred in 1961 to the Argintine Coast Guard and renamed ARA Juan B. Azopardo (GC 11)
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 2,360 t.
  • Length 301' 6"
  • Beam 36' 6"
  • Draft 13' 8"
  • Speed 20.3 kts.
  • Complement 194
  • Armament: Three 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts, two twin 40mm gun mounts, nine 20mm gun mounts, two depth charge tracks, eight depth charge projectors, and one hedgehog depth charge projector
    Armament in Argentine Navy was two 4.1" mounts, eight 40mm mounts, one Hedgehog and six depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 225psi 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500shp Canadian Vickers verticle triple expansion steam engines, two shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Asheville (PG 101)
    Asheville 102k . .
    USS Asheville (PF 1)
    Asheville 86k 3 November 1943 .
    Asheville 123k c. February 1944
    National Archives photo from Allied Escort Ships of World War II by Peter Elliott
    Krlicbegovic Edib
    Bosnia & Hercegovina
    ARA Hércules (P 31)
    Asheville 212k c. 1947
    New York
    Prior to leaving for Argentina
    Robert Hurst
    Asheville 112k .
    Asheville 35k
    Asheville 94k
    Asheville 124k
    Asheville 46k c. 1958
    Hércules rearmed with two 4.1 gun mounts
    Argentine Navy photo from the 1958/1959 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Asheville 117k c. 1960
    Argentine Navy photo from the 1960/1961 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    ARA Juan B. Azopardo (GC-11)
    Asheville 37k Juan Bautista Azopardo (born in Sengli, Malta, February 20, 1772 - died in Buenos Aires, October 23, 1847) was a Maltese military man and privateer who fought in the service of Holland, Spain and Argentina Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez

    Commanding Officers - USS Asheville (PF 1)
    01LCDR Robert Power Walker, USN1 December 1942
    Commanding Officers - ARA Hércules (P 31)
    ??Capitán de Navio (Ship-of-the-Line Captain - CAPT) Edgardo Izquierdo Brown, ARA1948
    ??Capitán de Fragata (Frigate Captain - CDR) Elias T. Sauz, ARA1949
    ??Capitán de Fragata Ángel Fernández Gamio, ARA1950
    ??Capitán de Fragata Manuel Martínez, ARA1950
    ??Capitán de Fragata Helvio Gouzden, ARA1951
    ??Capitán de Fragata Carlos A. Viñuales, ARAJanuary 1952 - May 1952
    ??Capitán de Fragata José A. Cordeu, ARAMay 1952 - June 1952
    ??Capitán de Fragata Horacio P. Casal, ARAJune 1952 - December 1952
    ??Capitán de Fragata Luis J. Sosa, ARA1953
    ??Capitán de Fragata Mario Lanzarini, ARA1954
    ??Capitán de Fragata Francisco Manrique, ARA1955 - 16 June 1955
    ??Capitán de Fragata Mario D. Pensotti, ARA16 June 1955 - October 1955
    ??Capitán de Fragata Recaredo Vázquez, ARANovember 1955 - 1956
    ??Capitán de Fragata Jorge Castiñeiras Falcón, ARA1957
    ??Capitán de Fragata Eduardo Lcckhart, ARAJanuary 1958 - May 1958
    ??Capitán de Fragata Efraín Ledesma, ARA1958 - 1959
    ??Capitán de Fragata Ciro A. Scotti, ARA1960
    ??Capitán de Fragata Francisco Peralta, ARA1961
    Courtesy of Robert Hurst and Joe Radigan

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