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Welch (PG-93)

Welch served the United State Navy and the Colombian Coast Guard

Asheville Class Motor Gunboat:

  • The second Welch was laid down 8 May 1967 at Peterson Builders, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
  • Launched 25 July 1968
  • Commissioned USS Welch (PG-93), 8 September 1969 at Boston, MA
  • Decommissioned 20 September 1981 at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Norfolk, VA
  • Struck from the Naval Register 12 April 1995
  • Transferred to the Colombian Coast Guard and renamed Albuquerque (P 111)
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 247 t.
  • Length 165'
  • Beam 24'
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 37.5 kts.
  • Complement 28
  • Armament: One 3"/50 gun mount, one 40mm gun mount and two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Combined diesel and gas turbime (CODAG), two diesel engines and one General Electric LM1500 gas turbines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Welch 161k After launching Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Welch 81k At the builders yard Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    USS Welch (PG 93)
    Welch 68k . Terry Eccleston, GMCS(SW), USNR
    Patrol Gunboat Association
    Terry W. McManuels, ETCM(SW), USN, Ret.
    Welch 91k Little Creek, VA
    U. S. Navy photo from the February 1970 edition of All Hands magazine
    Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Welch 127k
    Welch 80k Little Creek, VA
    U. S. Navy photo from the February 1970 edition of All Hands magazine
    Joe Radigan
    Welch 102k U. S. Navy photo from the December 1970 edition of All Hands magazine
    Welch 72k Refueling from Hitchiti (ATF 103)
    U. S. Navy photo from the January 1975 edition of All Hands magazine

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Paul Franklin Woods, USN8 June 1969 - 29 June 1970
    02LT Francis Patrick Grause, USN29 June 1970 - 8 March 1972
    03LT David William Davis, III, USN8 March 1972 - 15 June 1972
    04LT Joseph Omer DesRochers, USN15 June 1972 - 8 July 1972
    05LT David William Davis, III, USN8 July 1972 - 3 July 1973
    06LT James Robert Tinsley, III, USN3 July 1973 - 11 August 1975
    07LT John R. O'Neill, Jr., USN11 August 1975 - September 1976
    08LT Thomas Oliver Matella, USNSeptember 1976 - 15 July 1977
    09LT William F. Halsey Berthiaume, USN15 July 1977 - 10 August 1979
    10LT William Jeffrey Steelman, USN10 August 1979 - 1981
    11LT John Kenneth Condon, USN1981 - 30 September 1981
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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