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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 WWI 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

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