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Bath (PF 55)



Call sign:
November - Zulu - Yankee - Tango

ex-PG-163


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

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-163
  • Redesignated as a Patrol Frigate, PF-55, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 23 August 1943 under a Maritime Commission contract at Froemming Brothers Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Launched 14 November 1943
  • Commissioned USS Bath (PF-55), 1 September 1944
  • Decommissioned 12 July 1945 at Cold Harbor, Alaska
  • Transferred under the Lend-Lease Program 13 July 1945 to the Soviet Union and reclassified EK-11
  • Returned to U.S. custody 15 November 1949 at Yokosuka, Japan and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet Yokosuka
  • Transferred on loan to the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force 23 December 1953 and renamed Maki (PF 298)
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 December 1961
  • Permanently transferred to Japan 28 August 1962
  • Reclassified as an Auxiliary Training Craft, YTE-9, 31 March 1966
  • Decommissioned 31 March 1969
  • Returned to U.S. custody 12 July 1971
  • Sold for scrap 13 December 1971 to Chin Ho FA Steel and Iron Co., Ltd, of Taiwan.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,430 t.
  • Length 303' 11"(oa)
  • Bean 37' 6"
  • Draft 13' 8"
  • Speed 20.3 kts.
  • Complement 190
  • 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 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500 iHP J. Hendy Iron Works engines, two shafts.
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    Allentown 123k Post card, postmarked 14 November 1943, Milwaukee, WI Paul Petosky

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