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Call sign:
Nan - Xray - Yoke - Sugar

ex-U.S. Army Artillery Steamer V-8
ex-USS SC-279

Call sign:
George - Tare - Nan - Fox

SC-279 served both the U. S. Navy and the Army

SC-1 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down at Mare Island Navy Yard, Mare Island, CA
  • Launched 21 August 1917
  • Commissioned USS SC-279, 11 April 1918
  • Conducted trial runs 13 April, 24 April and 29 April 1918
  • Departed Mare Island 3 May 1918
  • Transferred to the War Department 2 October 1919 and reclassified as Artillery Steamer, V-8
  • Sold in 1922 to E. K. Wood of Seattle, WA and named Ekwood
  • Sold in 1926 to F. E. Lewis of Los Angeles, CA and renamed Stranger
  • Later sold to L. F. Dalton of Los Angeles
  • Reacquired by the Navy in November 1942, placed in service as YP-594 and assigned to the West Coast Sound Training School, San Diego, CA
  • Placed out of service in December 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register 23 February 1945
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration for disposal in November 1945
  • Sold and renamed Stranger
  • Foundered 17 July 1948, 4-miles southwest of San Onofre, CA.


  • Displacement 85 t.
  • Length 110'
    1920 - 105'
  • Beam 17'
    1920 - 14.5'
  • Draft 6' 6" (fl)
    1920 - 9.2'
  • Speed 17 kts.
  • Complement 27
    1920 - Five
  • Armament: One 3"/23 mount, two .30 cal. machine guns, and one depth charge projector (Y-gun)
  • Propulsion: Three 220hp Standard gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    SC-273 - 280 40k Eight of the 15 sub chasers built at Mare Island during World War I are shown in this 1918 photo being outfitted. The vessels shown are from right to left are: SC-280, 279, 278, 277, 276, 275, 274 and 273 Darryl L. Baker

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS Frank B. McGurrin, USNRF1918 - 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-279
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