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PG-94 Chehalis

Tacoma Class Motor Gunboat:

  • The second Chehalis was laid down in 1967 at Tacoma Boatbuilding Co., Tacoma, WA
  • Launched 8 June 1968
  • Commissioned USS Chehalis (PG-94), 8 November 1969
  • Decommissioned 1 October 1977 and transferred to the Naval Sea Systems Command, Carderock Division
  • Converted to a Research Vessel and renamed R/V Athena
  • As of September 2012 Athena is still active and operating out of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division, Naval Support Activity Panama City, FL
  • Scrapped in 2016.


  • Displacement 250 t.
  • Length 165'
  • Beam 24'
  • Complement 28
  • Speed 13 kts. on diesel and 40 kts. on gas turbine
  • Armament: One 3"/50 gun mount, one 40mm gun mount and two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two Cummins VT12-875-M diesel engines rated at 725 hp each and one General Electric LM 1500 gas turbine; two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Chehalis (PG 94)
    Chehalis 30k Chehalis outboard of Green Bay (PG 101) and Beacon (PG 99) at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Chehalis 30k Tommy Trampp
    Chehalis 250k c. November 1969
    Tacoma, Washington
    National Archives photo
    John Clingman, ETR2, USN 1969 - 1973
    Chehalis 216k
    Chehalis 217k
    Chehalis 258k Original photo: 3 November 1969
    Tacoma, Washington
    U.S. Navy photo USN 1142033 from the Naval History and Heritage Command
    Replacement photo: National Archives photo
    Original photo: Robert Hurst
    Replacement photo: John Clingman, ETR2, USN 1969 - 1973
    USS Chehalis (PG 94)
    Chehalis 101k Terry Eccleston, GMCS(SW), USNR
    Patrol Gunboat Association
    Terry W. McManuels, ETCM(SW), USN, Ret.
    Chehalis 189k c. 1972/1973
    Welcome Aboard Pamphlet
    John Clingman, ETR2, USN 1969 - 1973
    Chehalis 347k
    Beacon 290k 1 October 1973
    Beacon (PG 99), above, and Chehalis, below, are aligned bow-to-bow in flooded drydock
    Photo added 26 June 2019
    Chehalis 257k 1 October 1973
    Stern of Chehalis in drydock at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA
    Photo added 26 June 2019
    R/V Athena
    Athena 63k U.S. Navy photo Naval Sea Systems Command
    Athena 71k R/V Athena in the background with R/V Athena II, ex-Grand Rapids (PG 98) in foreground
    U.S. Navy photo

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Paul David Frazer, USN8 November 1969 - 14 May 1970
    02LT Ralph Kenneth Martin, USN14 May 1970 - 14 January 1972
    03LT John Henry Whitehouse, USN14 January 1972 - 22 February 1972
    04LT Dennis Allen Crosby, USN - USNA Class of 1966
    Awarded the Bronze Star with Combat "V" - Retired as Commander
    22 February 1972 - 15 March 1973
    05LT Glenn Richard Brindel, USN15 March 1973 - January 1975
    06LT John H. O'Neill, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1968January 1975 - 21 August 1975
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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    DANFS History entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website
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