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Call sign:
Nan - Able - Dog - William

PC-474 served both the United States and France.

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down, 20 August 1941 by Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Michigan
  • Launched, 15 September 1941
  • Commissioned USS PC-474, 11 February 1942 at Algiers Naval Station, New Orleans, LA
  • Assigned to the European theater of operations in the Moroccan and Eastern Sea Frontiers
  • Decommissioned 1 June 1944 and transferred to France as L'Indiscret (W 32) at Casablanca, Morocco
  • Reclassified P-622
  • Leased for mercantile trade in the 1950s
  • Struck from the Navy Register 25 January 1960
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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 single 40mm gun mount, three 20mm guns, two rocket launchers, four depth charge projectiles and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 2,880bhp General Motors 16-258S diesel engines (Serial No. 6315 and 6316), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    USS PC-474
    PC-474 52k c. Fall 1941
    Defoe Shipbuilding Company.
    Bob Daly/PC-1181
    PC-474 66k U.S. Navy photo Original photo: Maynard A. Altizer for his father, David H. Altizer, S1/c, USS LST-817
    Replacement photo: Paul Rebold
    L'Indiscret (W 32)
    L'Indiscret 106k Radio controlled PC model of L'Indiscret (W 32), built by Michel Lelievre of Saint Nazaire, France. Bob Daly/PC-1181
    L'Indiscret (P 622)
    PC-474 59k . Robert Hurst

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