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USCGC Woonsocket (PF 32)
ex-USS Woonsocket (PF-32)

Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Tare - Yoke


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

Woonsocket served the Navies of the United States and Peru.

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) The first Woonsocket was originally assigned as a Patrol Gunboat, PG-140
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-32, 25 June 1943
  • Laid down 12 August 1943 under a Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1443) by Walter Butler Shipbuilders Inc., Superior, Wisconsin
  • Accepted by the Navy, 27 July 1944 at Boston Navy Yard
  • Commissioned USS Woonsocket (PF-32), 1 September 1944
  • Decommissioned 16 March 1946 and recommissioned in the Coast Guard as USCGC Woonsocket (PF 32) the same day
  • Decommissioned 18 September 1946 at New Orleans, LA
  • Struck from the Navy Register 14 May 1947
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in September 1947
  • Transferred to Peru and renamed BAP Teniente Galvez (F 1)
  • Renamed Gálvez
  • Renamed and reclassified BAP Gálvez (FE 1)
  • Decommissioned in 1961 and scrapped.


  • Displacement 1,430 t.
  • Length 303' 11"(oa)
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 13' 8"
  • Speed 20.3 kts.
  • Complement 176
  • Armament: Two 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 racks
  • Propulsion: Two 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500 iHP Beloit Iron Works steam engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Woonsocket (PF 32)
    Woonsocket 50k On her trials, in Lake Superior, mid 1944
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 69569
    Joseph P. Heyde, RMC, USCG, Ret.
    Woonsocket 48k
    Woonsocket 66k 18 September 1944 Robert Hurst
    BAP Teniente Gálvez (F 1)
    Woonsocket 51k c. 1951
    Peruvian Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    BAP Gálvez (FE 1)
    Woonsocket 65k c. 1959
    Peruvian Navy photo from the 1959/1960 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst

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