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Glendale (PF-36)



Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - William - Baker

ex-PG-144



Glendale served the Navies of the United States, the Soviet Union and Thailand.

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Laid down 6 April 1943 as Patrol Gunboat, PG-144 under a Maritime Commission contract by the Consolidated Steel Corp, Ltd., Wilmington, CA
  • Redesignated a Patrol Frigate, PF-36, 15 April 1943
  • Launched 28 May 1943
  • Commissioned USS Glendale (PF-36), 1 October 1943
  • Decommissioned 12 June 1945 at Cold Harbor, Alaska
  • Transferred 12 June 1945 under the Lend-Lease Program to the Soviet Union and renamed EK-42
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists transfer date as July 1945
  • Returned to U.S. custody 16 November 1949 at Yokosuka and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Yokosuka
  • Recommissioned 11 October 1950
  • Decommissioned 29 October 1951
  • Transferred on loan to Thailand and renamed HTMS Tachin (PF-1)
  • Struck from the Navy Register 20 November 1951
  • Reclassified PF-411
  • Decommissioned 22 June 2000 and preserved as a memorial at Sattahib Naval Base. While converted to waterline display, her lower hull and machinery were removed, remaining parts were cut in blocks for transport inland by
    trucks. She was moved to the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School (pre-cadet school) at Nakonnayok province (about 150 km. north-east of Bangkok) and re-welded. She has been there since 9 July 2001 with all
    original armament remaining on board.

    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, one depth charge projector (hedgehog)
  • Propulsion: Two 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500ihp J. Hendy Iron Works engines, two shafts.
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    USS Glendale (PF 36)
    Glendale 63k Light-line transfer. Fred Weiss
    Glendale 146k c. 1951
    Yokosuka, Japan
    Outboard of San Pedro (PF 37)
    U.S. Navy photo from the collection of N. A. "Stretch" Brown
    Carol Hipperson is the author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor & World War II in the Pacific (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martins Press, 2008); ISBN-10 031238694X and ISBN-13 978-0312386948. Check on www.carolhipperson.com for availability
    Carol Edgemon Hipperson www.carolhipperson.com
    Glendale 90k U.S. Navy photo from the September 1951 issue of All Hands magazine Joe Radigan
    HTMS Tachin (PF 1)
    Glendale/Gallup 77k Glendale and Gallup (PF-47) fly the flags of Thailand, during transfer ceremonies at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, 29 October 1951. Both ships are still wearing their U.S.
    Navy numbers.
    Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the "All Hands" collection at the Naval Historical Center.
    Fred Weiss
    Glendale 71k c. 1953
    Still wearing her U.S. Navy hull number
    Royal Thai Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Tachin 79k . .
    Glendale 188k 15 August 1975
    Bangkok, Thailand
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    HTMS Tachin (PF 411)
    Tachin 46k . .
    Glendale 130k 23 September 2006 NyeNAVA
    Glendale 127k
    Glendale 132k
    Glendale 158k
    Glendale 156k
    Glendale 105k Museum ship Tachin at her moorings at the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand, 2008
    Photo courtesy of Tevaprapas Makklay
    Robert Hurst

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