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USS Panther (IX 105)

Panther call sign:
Nan - Jig - Charlie - Item

ex-USS SC-1470
ex-USS PC-1470
ex-HM ML-396

SC-1466 Class (Canadian Fairmile Class) Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down in 1942 as HM ML-396 by the Leblanc Shipbuilding Co., Weymouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Launched 17 June 1942
  • Reclassified as Submarine Chaser and commissioned USS PC-1470, 23 October 1942 at Weymouth, Nova Scotia
  • Reclassified SC-1470 in April 1943
  • SC-1470 was rammed by PC-1123 which mistook her for a surfaced U-boat off Alligator Reef, Florida
  • Repaired, named Panther and reclassified as an Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary, IX-105, 26 June 1943
  • Decommissioned 7 July 1943 and placed in service
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Navy Register 21 January 1946
  • Sold for scrap 13 February 1947.


  • Displacement 99 t.
  • Length 111' 6"
  • Beam 17' 9"
  • Draft 5' 3"
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 28
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, two .30 cal. machine guns, one depth charge projector (Y-gun), and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 630hp 12 cylinder Hall-Scott Defender gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    SC-1468, 69, 70 & 71 78k Picture prior to being turned over to the U.S. Navy are HM ML-394 (SC-1468), HM ML-395 (SC-1469), HM ML-396
    and HM ML-397 (SC-1471) at Weymouth, Nova Scotia.
    "Spud" Roscoe

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History:


    SC-1470, a subchaser built for the United States under reverse Lend Lease by Leblanc Shipbuilding Co., Weymouth, Nova Scotia, in 1942, was launched 17 June 1942, transferred to the U.S. Navy on that date, and commissioned at Weymouth 23 October 1942.

    After fitting out at the Boston Naval Shipyard, SC-1470 went on patrol duty out of Tompkinsville, N.Y. She patrolled between Boston and Norfolk until 21 January 1943, when she departed Tompkinsville to operate out of Miami as a unit of the Caribbean Sea Frontier. This was a critical period for subchasers in the area as the U-boat campaign threatened to stifle Caribbean shipping.

    Attached to the Gulf Sea Frontier 23 May 1943, SC-1470 continued ASW and escort operations in a more restricted area. Her designation was changed to
    IX-105 and she was named Panther 26 June 1943. She was evaluated as unseaworthy and decommissioned 7 July and placed in service the same day. She continued to serve until 21 January 1946, when she was placed out of service and struck from the Navy Register. She was subsequently sold for scrapping 13 February 1947.

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