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Abilene (PF 58)
ex-Bridgeport



Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Xray - Easy

ex-PG-166


Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-166
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-58, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 6 May 1943 as Bridgeport under a Maritime Commission contract by the Globe Shipbuilding Co., Superior, Wisconsin
  • Launched 21 August 1943
  • Renamed Abilene, 28 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS Abilene (PF-58), 28 October 1944
  • Decommissioned 21 August 1946
  • Turned over to the State Department Liquidation Commission
  • Sold to the Netherlands 5 May 1947 and renamed Cirrus
  • Scrapped in 1969.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,430 t.
  • Length 303' 11"(oa)
  • Bean 37' 6"
  • Draft 13' 8"
  • Speed 20.3 kts.
  • Complement 190
  • 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 tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500 iHP Valley Iron Works engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Cirrus 57k Cirrus Piet Y de Vries

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Chester I. Steele, USCG - Retired as Rear Admiral28 October 1944 - 27 August 1945
    02LT Frank K. Wyatt, USCGR27 August 1945 - 5 November 1945
    03LCDR DeWitt S. Walton, USCGR5 November 1945 - 15 December 1945
    04LT L. W. Wedemeyer, USCGR15 December 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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