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Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Jig - Xray


SC-538 served the Navies of the United States and the Soviet Union.

SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser: Laid down 17 May 1941 by the Peterson Boat Works, Sturgeon Bay, WI; Launched, 1 April 1942; Commissioned USS PC-538, 16 May 1942; Reclassified SC-538, 8 April 1943; Transferred to the Soviet Union 18 August 1945 as BO-321; Struck from the Navy Register 1 January 1983. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 95 t; Length 110' 10"; Beam 17'; Draft 6' 6" (fl); Speed 21 kts.; Complement 28; Armament one 40mm gun mount, one or two twin mount .50 cal. machine guns, two or three dcp "K Guns", 14 depth charges with six single release chocks, two sets Mk 20 Mousetrap rails with four 7.2 projectiles; Propulsion two 1,540bhp General Motors (Electro-Motive Div.) 16-184A diesel engines, two shafts.

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SC-538 72k . Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
SC-538 122k 5 May 1943
Kodiak, AK
National Archives photo
Jim Flynn

There is no DANFS history available for SC-538
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