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Action (PG 86)
ex-Comfrey (K 277)
ex-CN-304



Action call sign:
November - Zulu - Bravo - Charlie

British Flower Class Corvette/Action Class Patrol Gunboat:

  • Laid down 6 January 1942 as CN-304 by the Collingwood Shipyard, Collingwood, Ontario, Canada
  • Named HMS Comfrey (K 277)
  • Launched 28 July 1942
  • Renamed Action 13 August 1942
  • Acquired by the U.S. Navy 21 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS Action (PG-86), 22 November 1942
  • Decommissioned 6 September 1945 at Charleston, SC
  • Struck from the Navy list 17 September 1945
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission in October 1946
  • Sold and and converted to a whale-catcher in 1949
  • Sold in 1952 to J. Presthus of Bergen, Norway
  • Converted to a cargo vessel and renamed Arne Presthus
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1375 t.
  • Length 205'
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 14' 7"
  • Speed 16.5 kts.
  • Complement 90
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 dual purpose mounts, two 20mm guns, two depth charge tracks, four depth charge projectors and one hedgehog depth charge projector
  • Propulsion: Two 3-drum express boilers, 2,750ihp vertical triple expansion Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Flower Class Corvette 168k "Escort Vessel (Corvette) - (Flower Class) - With Extended Forecastle, Increased Sheer, & Fuller Lines Fwd."
    U.S. Navy preliminary design plan, copied from Smith Dock Co., Ltd., Drawing No. 232. This plan, dated April 1941, is for a modification of the British "Flower" class corvette. Scale of the original drawing is not given, but appears to be 1/16" = 1'.
    The original plan is in the 1939-1944 "Spring Styles Book" held by the Naval Historical Center.
    U.S. Navy photo S-511-30
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01LT K. Read, USNR22 November 1942 - 14 June 1943
    02LCDR R. D. Dean, USCG14 June 1943 - 7 September 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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