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Motor Gunboat/Patrol Gunboat Photo Archive


PGM-37 was built for the Philippines.

PGM-33 Class Motor Gunboat:

  • Laid down as PGM-37 by Georgia Shipbuilding, Savannah, GA
  • Launched 29 May 1954
  • Delivered 2 March 1956
  • Transferred to the Philippines and named RPS Masbate (PG 52)
  • Reclassified G-52
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register in 1965
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 143 t.
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    PGM-37 64k 29 May 1954
    In cradle, prior to launch
    National Archives photo
    Dan Treadwell
    PGM-37 105k 29 May 1954
    Launching ceremony party, Alex H. MacDonell (left); Miss Catherine MacDonell (second from left), ships sponsor; CAPT John H. Ellison (center)
    National Archives photo
    PGM-37 75k 29 May 1954
    Guest speaker
    National Archives photo
    PGM-37 79k 29 May 1954
    Principle speaker CAPT John H. Ellison
    National Archives photo
    PGM-37 82k 29 May 1954
    Prior to launch
    National Archives photo
    PGM-37 67k 29 May 1954
    National Archives photo
    PGM-37 72k 29 May 1954
    After launch
    National Archives photo
    RPS Masbate (PG 52)
    PGM-37 38k

    Masbate, officially the Province of Masbate, is an island province in the Philippines located near the midsection of the nation's archipelago. Its provincial capital is Masbate City. The province consists of three major islands: Masbate, Ticao and Burias

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 11 December 2020

    There is no DANFS history available for PGM-37
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