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PF-34
ex-Long Beach (PF 34)



Call sign:
November - Zulu - Victor - Victor

ex-PG-142


Long Beach served the Navies of the United States, the Soviet Union and Japan.

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) The second Long Beach was laid down 19 March 1943 as Patrol Gunboat, PG-142 by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Wilmington, CA
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-34, 15 April 1943
  • Launched 5 May 1943
  • Commissioned USS Long Beach (PF-34), 8 September 1943
  • Decommissioned 12 July 1945 at Cold Harbor, Alaska, leased to the Soviet Union the same day and renamed EK-2
  • Returned to U.S. custody in June 1949 at Yokosuka, Japan
  • Loaned to Japan 30 November 1953 and renamed Shii (PF-17)
  • Name Long Beach canceled 15 February 1957 so it could be assigned to the nuclear propulsion guided missile cruiser CGN-9
  • Reclassified PF-297, 1 September 1957
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 December 1961
  • Transferred outright to Japan 28 August 1962
  • Was to be decommissioned in January 1967
  • Reclassified as an Auxiliary Service Craft, YAS-44, 31 March 1967
  • Decommissioned 31 March 1968
  • Returned to U.S. custody 12 July 1971
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,430 t. (lt), 2,415 t. (fl)
  • Length 303' 11"
  • Beam 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 gun mounts, two depth charge tracks, eight depth charge projectors and one Hedgehog depth charge projector
  • Propulsion: Two 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500ihp J. Hendy Iron Works engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Long Beach (PF 34)
    Long Beach 23k U.S. Coast Guard photo Joe Radigan
    Long Beach 51k c. 1943 Courtesy USS Long Beach Reunion Association
    Long Beach 98k Underway in 1943
    Photo from the U.S. Coast Guard Collection in the U.S. National Archives
    Photo 26-G-12-21-43(3)
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo
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    Robert Hurst
    EK-2
    Long Beach 83k EK-2 at anchor at an unidentified Soviet Far Eastern Fleet base
    Photo from "Raising The Red Banner: The Pictorial History of Stalin's Fleet 1920-1945" by Vladimir Yakubov and Richard Worth
    Robert Hurst
    Shii (PF 297)
    Long Beach 33k c. 1967 Robert Hurst

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