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Tacoma (PG-92)

Tacoma served the Navies of the United States and Colombia

Asheville Class Patrol Gunboat:

  • The fourth Tacoma was laid down 24 July 1967 by the Tacoma Boatbuilding Co., Tacoma, WA
  • Launched 13 April 1968
  • Commissioned USS Tacoma (PG-92), 14 July 1969
  • Decommissioned 1 May 1983
  • Struck from the Naval Register 4 December 1995
  • Transferred to Colombia and renamed ARC Quitasueño (Sleepless) - (P 112)
  • Decommissioned and transferred to the Colombian Customs Service
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 247 t.
  • Length 165'
  • Beam 24'
  • Speed 37.5 kts.
  • Complement 24
  • Armament: One 3"/50 gun mount, one 40mm gun mount and two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: CODOG (Combination Diesel or Gas Turbine) two 750hp Cummins VT12-875 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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    Tacoma (PG 92)
    Tacoma 55k 13 April 1968
    After launching
    Tacoma Boatbuilding Co.
    Tacoma 98k Fitting out work continues on the future Tacoma (PGM-92) in dry dock in mid-October 1968. Tacoma would earn two battle stars during the
    Vietnam War
    Tacoma Public Library, Richard Studios photo WO 154957-A
    Mike Green
    USS Tacoma (PG 92)
    Tacoma 76k Terry Eccleston, GMCS(SW), USNR
    Patrol Gunboat Association
    Terry W. McManuels, ETCM(SW), Ret.
    Tacoma 116k U.S. Navy photo Tom Langford
    Tacoma 388k Tacoma coffee mug Tommy Trampp
    Tacoma 98k Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Tacoma 111k c. 1969
    U.S. Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Canon 91k Coming up astern of Canon (PG 90).
    U.S. Navy photo from the November 1972 edition of All Hands magazine
    Joe Radigan
    ARC Quitasueño (P 112)
    Tacoma 219k Approaching Colombian Naval Base ARC Bolivar pier
    Picture taking by LT (r) Luis Bernardo Castro Villegas
    Luis B. Castro V
    Tacoma 163k Entering CO shakes hands with ex-CO at Barranquilla Naval pier. New CO LT Ivan Rojas to the left, former CO LT Nelson Hernandez to the right
    Picture taking from newspaper Ala Mar, official Colombian Navy Newspaper number 103 page 12
    Coast Guard Vessel Quitasueño (P 112)
    Tacoma 183k Capitan de Corbeta, Phinio Alberto Garcia Garavito,
    Colombian Navy
    via Patrol Gunboat Association
    Terry W. McManuels, ETCM(SW), Ret.
    Tacoma 388k 8 June 2012
    Naval Base ARC Bolivar Main Pier Sector E
    Luis B. Castro, LT (r), Colombian Navy

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Frank Hughes Thomas, Jr., USN14 July 1969 - 16 May 1970
    02LT Wirt Ross Fladd, USN - Awarded the Silver Star, two Legions of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star with Combat V, the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V and the Combat Action Ribbon
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    16 May 1970 - 4 August 1971
    03LT Royal Stapleton Magnus, USN4 August 1971 - 14 March 1973
    04LT Patrick Ralph O'Harrow, USN14 March 1973 - 11 April 1975
    05LT Gary Roy Henry, USN11 April 1975 - 29 March 1977
    06LT Lawrence Kirby Ewan, USN29 March 1977 - 31 October 1979
    07LT David Thomas Hart, Jr., USN - Awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, The Legion of Merit, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    31 October 1979 - 15 June 1981
    08LT Robert Bruce Borries, USN - USNA Class of 197515 June 1981 - 30 September 1981
    Commanding Officers
    01LT Nelson Hernandez, Colombian Navy
    02LT Ivan Rojas, Colombian Navy
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Bill Gonyo and Joe Radigan

    View the Tacoma (PG 92)
    DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website
    View the Tacoma (PG-92) Unofficial History entry located on the Patrol Gunboat Association Website
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