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Knoxville (PF 64)

Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Xray - King


Knoxville served the Navies of the United States and the Dominican Republic

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-172
  • Redesignated a Patrol Frigate, PF-64, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 15 April 1943 under a Maritime Commission contract by the Leatham D. Smith Shipyard, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
  • Launched 10 July 1943
  • Commissioned USS Knoxville (PF-64), 29 April 1944
  • Decommissioned 13 June 1946 at Charleston, SC and turned over to the State Department Liquidation Commission
  • Sold 22 September 1947 to the Dominican Republic and renamed Captain General Santana (F 104)
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 1,430 t.
  • Length 303' 11"(oa)
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 13' 8"
  • Speed 20.3 kts.
  • Complement 176
  • Armament: Three 3"/50 dual purpose mounts (For those frigates fitted out for weather patrol duty, the after 3-inch gun was removed and a weather balloon hanger was added aft), two twin 40mm mounts, nine 20mm mounts, one
    Hedgehog depth charge projector, eight depth charge projectors, and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500ihp J. Hendy Iron Works engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Discription Source
    USS Knoxville (PF 64)
    Knoxville 98k . Dean Ferber
    Knoxville 98k . Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Knoxville 98k U.S. Caost Guard Photo. Joe Radigan
    Captain General Pedro Santana (F 453)
    Knoxville 236k c. 1969
    Dominican Navy photo from the 1969/1970 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships"
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR George R. Reynolds, USCG29 April 1944
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Joe Radigan

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