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PC-1597 call sign:
Nan - Able - Dog - Roger

ex-Engage (AM 93)

PC-1597 served the Navies of the United States and the Dominican Republic.

Adroit Class Minesweeper:

  • The first Engage was laid down 26 February 1942 by the Dravo Corp., Neville Island, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Launched 11 July 1942
  • Commissioned USS Engage (AM 93), 22 October 1942
  • Reclassified as a Submarine Chaser, PC-1597, 1 June 1944
  • Decommissioned 19 November 1945 at Jacksonville, FL
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 8 November 1946
  • Transferred to the Dominican Republic in 1946 and named Cibao (P 103)
  • Renamed and reclassified Constitucion (P 203)
  • Placed out of service in 1961
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 295 t.
  • Length 173' 8"
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 6' 6"
  • Speed 16 kts.
  • Complement 65
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, one 40mm mount, five 20mm mounts, two depth charge tracks and two depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 900hp Cooper Bessemer GNB8 diesel engines (Serial No. 1977 and 1980), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Engage 92k 23 October 1942 Original photo: Bob Daly/PC-1181
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Russel Edward Fitzpatrick, USNR22 October 1942
    02LT Stanley Sherman Trotman, USNR21 May 1943
    03LT Henry Harrison Sillman, USNR20 June 1943
    04LT Frank Albert Fitton, USNR8 May 1944 - 21 June 1944
    05LT Robert P. Harris, USNR21 June 1944 - July 1945
    06LT Frederick B. Alofsin, USNR (Acting CO)July 1945 - July 1945
    07LT Robert P. Harris, USNRJuly 1945 - November 1945
    08LTJG E. C. Smith, USNRNovember 1945 - 19 November 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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