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Grand Forks (PF 11)



Call sign:
Nan - Queen - Easy - Charlie

ex-PG-119


Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally designated a Patrol Gunboat, PG-119
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-11, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 29 September 1943 under a Maritime Commission Contract, (MC hull 1429), at Kaiser Cargo, Inc., Richmond, CA
  • Launched 27 November 1943
  • Commissioned USS Grand Forks (PF-11), 18 March 1944
  • Decommissioned 16 May 1946 at Charleston, SC
  • Struck from the Naval Register 19 June 1946
  • Sold for scrap 19 May 1947 to J. C. Berkwitz and Co. of New York
  • Scrapped 1 November 1947.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,430 t.
  • Length 303' 11"(oa)
  • Bean 37' 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 guns, one Hedgehog depth charge projector, eight Y-gun depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two - three drum expansion boilers, two 5,500 iHP J. Hendy Iron Works vertical triple expansion engines, two shafts.
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    Grand Forks 163k Dedication ceremony, 27 November 1943. Sponsored by Mrs. T. H. Thoreson and the citizens of Grand Forks County, North Dakota through the purchase of War Bonds.
    Photo courtesy of the Grand Forks County Historical Society
    Leah Byzewski
    Grand Forks 80k Launching, 27 November 1943.
    Photo courtesy of the Grand Forks County Historical Society
    Grand Forks 252k Aft plan view of Grand Forks at Mare Island near the completion of outfitting on 20 April 1944. The USS Casper (PF 12) is outboard of Grand Forks.
    U.S. Navy Photo 2416-44
    Darryl L. Baker
    Grand Forks 239k Forward plan view of Grand Forks at Mare Island near the completion of outfitting on 20 April 1944. The USS Casper (PF 12) is outboard of Grand Forks.
    U.S. Navy Photo 2417-44
    Grand Forks 109k Bow on view of Grand Forks departing Mare Island on 21 April 1944.
    U.S. Navy Photo 2439-44
    Grand Forks 122k Broadside view of Grand Forks off Mare Island on 21 April 1944.
    U.S. Navy Photo 2441-44
    Grand Forks 78k Shown off Mare Island Navy Yard on 21 April 1944. She has completed outfitting/repairs at the shipyard from 20 March to 23 April 1944. She was in dry dock #2 from 4 April to 8 April 1944, and again from 12 to 13 April 1944 in dry dock #3.
    U.S. Navy Photo 2442-44
    Grand Forks 81k Stern view of Grand Forks off Mare Island on 21 April 1944.
    U.S. Navy Photo 2443-44

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Christian W. Peterson, USCG18 March 1944 - 1944
    02LT William F. Adams, USCG1944 - 25 August 1945
    03LT Hugh A. Leroy, USCGR25 August 1945 - 16 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site.
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