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USCGC Air Swift (WAVR 471)
ex-USS SC-1329



Call sign:
Nan - Tare - King - Item

ex-PC-1329

SC-1329 served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard.


SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 10 October 1942 as PC-1329 by Simms Brothers, Dorchester, MA
  • Reclassified SC-1329 and launched 19 April 1943
  • Commissioned USS SC-1329, 8 May 1943
  • Served in the English Channel based at Portsmouth, England. Participated in the June 1944 Normandy landings. Returned to Miami in June-July 1945 to prepare for assignment to the Pacific
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard 7 February 1946 and commissioned USCGC Air Swift (WAVR 471)
  • Struck from the Naval Register 25 February 1946
  • Sold 19 January 1948 to Frank Rau of Brooklyn, NY and named Elmar
  • Resold to Sal Dragonwtti and Harold Wrege
  • Resold and relocated to Florida
  • Sank in November 1979 in the St. John's River, Florida.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 94 t.
  • Length 110' 10"
  • Beam 17'
  • Draft 6' 6"
  • Speed 21 kts.
  • Complement 28
  • Armament: One 40mm gun mount, two .50 cal. machine guns, two depth charge projector "Y Guns," and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,540bhp General Motors (Electro-Motive Div.) 16-184A diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    SC-1329
    SC-1329 154k SC-1329 and SC-1330 just before launching. Harold G. Simms
    SC-1329 144k
    USS SC-1329
    SC-1329 68k c. April 1945
    Somewhere in England
    Photo of bow and unidentified officer taken from the bridge
    Photo by Lt(jg) William Graham
    LTJG Graham's son, Bill Graham
    SC-1329 65k VE Day
    Portsmouth, England
    The officers of SC-1329. LTJG Graham is on the right
    From the collection of Lt(jg) William Graham
    F/V Elmar
    SC-1329 97k c. 1949
    Elmar
    Mel's Place
    SC-1329 78k
    SC-1329 87k c. 1963
    Elmar

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