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Bangor (PF 16)

Call sign:
Nan - George - Dog - Peter


Bangor served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard

Bangor served the Navies of the United States and Mexico

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally designated Patrol Gunboat, PG-124
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-16, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 20 May 1943 under a Maritime Commission Contract by the American Shipbuilding Co., Lorian, Ohio
  • Launched 6 November 1943
  • Delivered 22 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS Bangor (PF-16), 22 November 1944
  • Decommissioned 15 April 1946 at Pearl Harbor, HI 15 April 1946 and transferred on loan to the Coast Guard
  • Returned to U.S. Navy custody 16 August 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission 24 November 1947, sold to Mexico and renamed ARM General Jose Maria Morelos
  • Renamed ARM Golfo de Tehuantepec
  • Scrapped in 1964.


  • Displacement 1,430 t.
  • Length 303' 11"
  • Bean 37' 6"
  • Draft 13' 8"
  • Speed 20.3 kts.
  • Complement 214
  • 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 240psi 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500ihp verticle triple expansion Diamond Iron Works engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Bangor 59k . Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Bangor 124k Photographed in 1945-1946, while configured as a weather reporting ship with a balloon hangar aft
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974
    U.S. Navy photo NH 78996
    Naval History and Heritage Command

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Fred J. Statts, USCG22 November 1944 - 1945
    02LT Warren B. Dodd, USCGR1945 - 15 April 1946
    03LT Vernon A. Johnson, USCGR16 August 1946
    Courtesy Joe Radigan, Ron Reeves and Wolfgang Hechler

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