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Call sign:
Nan - Able - Jig - William

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 10 August 1941 by George Lawley and Sons, Inc., Neponset, Massachusetts
  • Launched 27 February 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-463, 29 April 1942
  • Reclassified as a Control Submarine Chaserl, PCC-463, 20 August 1945
  • Damaged by grounding during Typhoon Louise in October 1945
  • Repaired at Yokosuka, Japan
  • Decommissioned 1 March 1947 at Green Cove Springs, FL and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as January 1947
  • Sunk as a target 20 July 1953, approximately 75 miles north west of Key West, FL (at position 25 56' 48"N, 82 52' 30" W) by USS Trutta (SS 421) using an experimental Mk 28 torpedo
  • PC-463 earned two battle stars for the Iwo Jima and Okinawa landings during World War II.


  • Displacement 280 t.(lt), 450 t.(fl)
  • Length 173' 8"
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 10' 10"
  • Speed 20.2 kts.
  • Complement 65
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, one 40mm gun mount, three 20mm guns, two rocket launchers, four depth charge projectors, and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp Fairbanks Morse 38D8 1/8 diesel engines (Serial No. 832237 and 832238), Westinhouse single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PC-463 54k 27 February 1942
    Courtesy of Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones collection
    Boston Public Library
    USS PC-463
    PC-463 87k c. May 1942
    Submarine Chaser Training Center Miami, FL
    National Archives photo 80-G-14658
    Bob Daly/PC-1181

    Commanding Officers
    01LT J. E. Palmer, USNR1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS History currently available for PC-463
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association

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