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Asheville (PG 84)

Asheville Class Motor Gunboat:

  • The third Asheville was laid down 15 April 1964 by Tacoma Boatbuilding Co., Tacoma, WA
  • Launched 1 May 1965
  • Commissioned USS Asheville (PGM-84), 6 August 1966
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Gunboat, PG-84, 1 April 1967
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register 31 January 1977
  • Transferred to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy 11 April 1977
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 240 t. (lt), 285 t. (fl)
  • Length 164' 6"
  • Beam 24'
  • Draft 5' 2" (lt), 9' 6" (fl)
  • Speed 40 kts.
  • Complement 37
  • Armament: One single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, one single 40mm gun mount, two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: CODOG (Combination Diesel/Gas Turbine), Two 725hp 12 cylinder Cummins diesel engines, one General Electric model 7 LM 1500 gas turbine engine, two controllable pitch propellers,
    13,300shp. The CODOG system allows for diesel propulsion up to about 12 - 14 knots and marine gas turbine propulsion for speeds in excess of 35 knots.

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    Size Image Description Source
    Asheville 67k Patrol Gunboat Association
    Terry W. McManuels, ETCM(SW), Ret.
    Asheville 30k Joe Fyke
    Asheville 97k U.S. Navy photos from the June 1965 edition of All Hands magazine Joe Radigan
    Asheville 98k
    Asheville 151k c. 1966
    Photo courtesy of Mr. A. W. Harris from the 1966/1967 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    Asheville 193k c. 1966
    U.S. Navy photo from the 1968/1969 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Asheville 138k
    Asheville 77k 6 August 1966.
    Beginning her speed trial in the Pacific
    U.S.Navy photo USN 1116783 by PH1 W. M. Nash, USN from the Naval History and Heritage Command
    Original Photo: Naval History and Heritage Command
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    Asheville 345k c. 1967
    Subic Bay, Philippines
    Running on gas turbine
    Jon B. Jacques, FTCM(SW), USN, Ret.
    Asheville 275k c. 1968
    Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam
    Asheville 272k c. 1968
    Ships Repair Facility, Yokosuka, Japan
    Asheville 106k Photo from the October 1972 edition of All Hands magazine Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 19 September 2019
    Asheville 79k c. 1974
    Marathon (PG 89), Asheville and Crockett (PG 88) moored at the Naval Armory, Chicago, IL
    Photo by Lou Garard from Industrial History website
    Bob Canchola, BT
    USS Oriskany 1971-1973
    Asheville 103k U.S. Navy photo from the July 1974 edition of All Hands magazine Joe Radigan
    Asheville 124k 11 October 1974
    Photo courtesy of L & L van Ginderen
    Robert Hurst
    Asheville 76k U.S. Navy photo by LTJG Chris Nemeth from the October 1975 edition of All Hands magazine Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Harry Dale, USN6 August 1966 - 25 July 1967
    02LT Charles John Bayer, USN25 July 1967 - 17 August 1967
    03LT Robert Alexander Flournoy, USN17 August 1967 - 16 August 1968
    04LT Franklin Donald Julian, USN16 August 1968 - 5 September 1969
    05LT Neil Lee Kozlowski, USN5 September 1969 - 17 September 1970
    06LT Joseph O. Desrochers, USN17 September 1970 - 14 June 1972
    07LT James Thomas Kennedy, USN14 June 1972 - 10 July 1972
    08LCDR Joseph O. Desrochers, USN10 July 1972 - 15 August 1972
    09LT Timothy Allen French, USN15 August 1972 - 5 November 1973
    10LT Charles Richard Burchell, USN5 November 1973 - 17 October 1975
    11LT William D. Busching, USN17 October 1975 - 31 January 1977
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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