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Call sign:
Nan - Able - Roger - Mike

PC-472 has served the Navies of the United States and France.

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 1 July 1941 by the Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Michigan
  • Launched 14 November 1941
  • Commissioned USS PC-472, 9 December 1941
  • During World War II, PC-472 was assigned to the European theater of operations in the Moroccan Sea Frontier and Mediterranean
  • Transferred to France under the Lend-Lease Plan 30 June 1944 at Casablanca, Morocco and named Le Ruse (W 41)
  • Struck from the Navy Register 21 July 1959 and sold for scrap.


  • Displacement 450 t.
  • 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 K-Gun depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion two 1,440bhp General Motors 16-258S diesel engines (Serial No. 5704 and 5705), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    Size Image Description Source
    PC-472 43k . Hyperwar U.S. Navy in WWII
    PC-472 78k 27 May 1942
    Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA
    Photo of mast showing the ships "SW2C" Radar
    U.S. Navy photo 3160(42)
    Tracy White
    PC-472 91k 31 August 1942
    Norfolk, VA
    Bob Daly/PC-1181
    PC-472 300k 31 August 1942
    Photo from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman
    Original photo: Bob Daly/PC-1181
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    PC-472 151k 31 August 1942
    Off Hampton Roads VA
    U.S. Navy photo NH 96481
    Naval Historical Center

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