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Belfast (PF-35)



Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Uncle - Charlie

ex-PG-143


Belfast served the Navies of the United States and the Soviet Union.

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate: (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Laid down 26 March 1943 as Patrol Gunboat, PG-143 under a Maritime Commission contract, by the Consolidated Steel Corp, Ltd., Wilmington, CA ; Redesignated as a Patrol Frigate, PF-35, 15 April 1943; Launched, 20 May 1943; Commissioned USS Belfast (PF-35), 24 November 1944; Decommissioned 11 July 1945 at Cold Bay, Alaska; Transferred under the Lend-Lease Program to the Soviet Union as EK-3, 12 July 1945; Ran aground 17 November 1948 during a storm off Petropavlovsk on the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Siberia; Declared a total loss 14 November 1949; Struck from the Navy list 31 January 1950.

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 dct, eight dcp, one dcp (hh); Propulsion two 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500ihp J. Hendy Iron Works engines, two shafts.


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