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Antelope (PG 86)

Antelope served both the U. S. Navy and the Environmental Protection Agency

Asheville Class Gunboat:

  • The third Antelope was laid down 1 June 1965 by the Tacoma Boatbuilding Co., Tacoma, WA as PGM-86
  • Launched 18 June 1966
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Gunboat, PG-86, 1 April 1967
  • Commissioned USS Antelope (PG-86), 4 November 1967
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register 1 October 1977 at the Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, VA
  • Transferred to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 17 January 1978 and placed in service as an Ocean Survey Vessel
  • Renamed Peter W. Anderson in June 1985
  • Operated by the Metson Marine Services under contract to the EPA
  • 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 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, one 40mm gun mount, two twin .50 cal. machine guns, GPCS Mk 63 Mod 29 with AN/SPG-50 Radar
  • Propulsion: Two 12 cylinder 725hp Cummins diesel engines, one 13,300shp General Electric model 7 LM 1500 gas turbine engine, two shafts,two controllable pitch propellers.
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    USS Antelope (PG 86)
    Antelope 260k

    Antelope - Large, fast, ruminant mammals which generally resemble deer except for their two single-prong horns

    Tommy Trampp
    Asheville 191k This is Dodo Models 70018 Gunboat USS Asheville (PGM-84) and USS Antelope (PGM-86). You can get two 1/700 resin waterline ships model kits from the set. USS Asheville (PGM-84) shows the configuration when her commission. USS Antelope (PGM-86) is in her outfit after the upgrade with missile and new fire control
    Photo from Dodo Models
    Antelope 345k Painting by Ramstead Tommy Trampp
    Antelope 46k U.S. Navy photo
    Ready/Antelope 129k Souda Bay Crete
    Antelope just visible alongside Ready (PG 87)
    Capt. David Spiggs, USN via Patrol Gunboat Association
    Terry W. McManuels,
    ETCM(SW) Ret.
    Antelope 130k Alongside John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Antelope 239k c. 1967
    U.S. Navy photo from the 1968-1969 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    Antelope 193k Steaming under the Golden Gate bridge after a visit to San Francisco.
    U.S.Navy photo from the February 1968 edition of All Hands magazine
    Joe Radigan
    Antelope 147k U.S.Navy photo from the March 1968 edition of All Hands magazine
    Antelope 71k USS Ready (PG 87), one of the Navy's new jet-powered gunboats, poses with her twin sister, Antelope
    U.S.Navy photo from the February 1970 edition of All Hands magazine
    Antelope 235k c. Mid-70s
    Antelope or USS Ready (PG-87) silhouetted against the sun, with RIM-67 Standard launchers raised
    Navy Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 88422-KN
    Robert Hurst
    Photo added 20 March 2022
    Antelope 82k Underway after her 1971 overhaul, showing her Standard missile launchers in the extended position
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 86886 from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    Antelope 393k 4 February 1973
    Monte Carlo
    Carlo Martinelli
    Antelope 189k Antelope and HS Aiolos (Greek MTB) nested together inside a cave on the coast of Crete, during bi-lateral operations 9 - 15 June 1973. HS Kastor is just ahead of Aiolos. The three ships operated together in conducting simulated attacks on an "enemy" convoy.
    Courtesy of USS Antelope, 1977
    U.S. Navy photo NH 86887
    Naval Historical Center
    Antelope 260k U.S.Navy photo from the July 1974 edition of All Hands magazine Joe Radigan
    Antelope 170k c. 1976
    The Eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea
    Photo shot from the Soviet cruiser Zhdanov [CL 117]
    Eugene Ivkin
    Antelope 148k
    PG-86/87/98/100 68k Barcelona, Spain. 6 December 1976. Ready in foreground, inboard with Grand Rapids (PG 98) outboard. Background inboard is Douglas (PG 100) with Antelope inboard. Antelope and Ready are fitted with Mk-87 fire control systems, with antenna inside domes, whereas Grand Rapids and Douglas have a Mk-63 fire control system, with an SPG-50 radar antenna on the gun mounts Fabio Peņa
    PG-86/87/98/100 48k
    Antelope 143k Decommissioning program Tom Langford
    OSV Antelope
    Antelope 260k c. 1984
    Annapolis, MD
    Courtesy of Lee Wahler
    Tommy Trampp
    OSV Peter W. Anderson
    Antelope 125k At "Watershed '96," Baltimore, MD
    Photo by Stelian Codaracea
    Environmental Protection Agency
    Antelope 55k c. 2001
    In dry dock at Atlantic Drydock, Inc., Jacksonville, FL
    Antelope 100k c. 2001
    Jacksonville, FL
    Lee Wahler
    Antelope 18k c. 2001
    Jacksonville, FL
    Environmental Protection Agency

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Jon Jared Gershon, USN4 November 1967 - 24 May 1969
    02LT Frank John Lugo, USN24 May 1969 - 24 May 1971
    03LT James Lawrence Burke, USN24 May 1971 - 4 January 1973
    04LT Rodney Peter Rempt, USN - USNA Class of 1966
    Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, three Legions of Merit and three Meritorious Service Medals - Retired as
    Vice Admiral
    4 January 1973 - 12 February 1975
    05LCDR Jeffrey Robert Beinbrink, USN - USNA Class of 196712 February 1975 - 1 October 1977
    06LT James Euliss, USN1 October 1977
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Bill Gonyo and Joe Radigan

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