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Benicia (PG 96)

Benicia served the Navies of the United States and South Korea.

Asheville Class Motor Gunboat:

  • The second Benicia was laid down 14 April 1969 at Tacoma Boatbuilding Co., Tacoma, WA
  • Launched 20 December 1969
  • Ships sponsor was Mrs. W. F. Petrovic, wife of the Commander, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
  • Commissioned USS Benicia (PG-96), 20 April 1970
  • Decommissioned 2 October 1971 at San Diego, CA, transferred to South Korea and renamed Paek Ku (Translation Seagull) 51 (PGM 351)
  • Decommissioned and returned to U.S. Navy custody in 1991
  • Struck from the Navy Register 30 August 1996
  • Scrapped in Korea in 1998.


  • Displacement 237 t.
  • Length 164' 5"
  • Beam 23' 8"
  • Draft 9' 5"
  • Speed 40 kts.
  • Armament: One 3"/50 gun mount, one 40mm gun mount and two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two 725hp VT-12 875M Cummins diesels engines, one 1,500nhp General Electric model LM 1500 gas turbine engine, two controllable pitch propellers, two shafts.
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    Benicia (PG 96)
    Benicia 38k 20 December 1969
    Prior to launching
    Tacoma Boatbuilding
    Benicia 26k 20 December 1969
    After launching
    USS Benicia (PG 96)
    Benicia 58k - Robert W. Robb
    via Patrol Gunboat Association
    Terry W. McManuels, ETCM(SW), Ret.
    Benicia 98k U.S. Navy photo Joe Radigan
    Benicia 486k c. 1970
    Petty Officer Robert Kuettel and LCDR James Turnball (Commanding Officer) on the bridge of Benicia
    Photo 47XX2-4-70 TH from the files of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
    Darryl Baker
    Benicia 534k c. 17 May 1971
    Mayor James Lemos of Benicia, CA is talking with LCDR James Turnball during the ship's visit to the city of Benicia
    Photo 1041X1-5-71 TH from the files of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
    Benicia 220k c. 1971
    Launching a Standard RIM-66 surface-to-air missile
    U.S. Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Benicia 184k U.S. Navy photo from the April 1987 edition of All Hands magazine Joe Radigan
    Paek Ku 51 (PGM 351)
    Benicia 82k . Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01LT James Laverne Turnbull, USN25 April 1970 - 2 October 1971
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Darryl Baker

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