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Call sign:
Nan - Able - Nan - Jig

PC-471 served the United States and French Navies.

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 21 April 1941 by the Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI
  • Launched 15 September 1941
  • Commissioned USS PC-471, 3 November 1942
  • During World War II, PC-471 was the first PC to enter service and was assigned to the East Coast, Moroccan Sea Frontier, Mediterranean and Eastern Sea Frontier, performing convoy and patrol duty
  • Transferred to France 9 June 1944 and named L'Eveille (W 31) at Casablanca, Morocco
  • Reclassified P-610
  • Decommissioned 5 December 1959
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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 General Motors 16-258S diesel engines (Serial # 5702 and 5703), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    USS PC-471
    PC-471 86k c. Summer 1941
    Builders trials, Lake Michigan
    Bob Daly/PC-1181
    PC-471 255k 1 January 1942
    USS Wilkes (DD-441) and PC-471 (moored outboard of Wilkes) are seen moored to Pier 8 at Boston Navy Yard. PC-471 was the first operational PC having arrived at Boston from her builder Defoe Shipbuilding, Bay City, MI on 28 November 1941. PC-471 and her next two sisters, PC-472 and PC-473, would be the only units built at Defoe to depart from the builder to Boston Navy Yard via the St Lawrence Seaway. USS Wilkes arrived at Boston shortly before Christmas for “Voyage Repairs” and installation of her SC radar. After drydocking Wilkes moored as seen at Pier 8 on 30 December 1941. Both ships would depart Pier 8 at 1515 on 1 January, with USS Wilkes departing Boston for Casco Bay and PC-471 moving to moor directly to Pier 8 and then on 2 January she moved alongside her recently arrived sisters PC-472 and PC-473 at Pier 4 before heading on shakedown at 1559 on 2 January 1942. Note that both ships are painted in what is known as the “Jigsaw” Ms 12R(mod) camouflage pattern
    National Archives photo 19N-30362
    Rick E. Davis
    L'Eveille (P 610)
    PC-471 157k Off the Atlantic Coast of Morocco
    Photo by Marine Nationale
    Robert Hurst
    PC-471 51k c. 1953

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