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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Mike - Able

PC-480 served the Navies of the United States and France.

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down in 1941 by the Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Michigan
  • Launched 25 October 1941
  • Commissioned USS PC-480, 7 April 1942
  • During World War II, PC-480 was assigned to the European theater of operations
  • Decommissioned 21 July 1944, transferred to France at Casablanca, Morocco and named L'Emporté (W 43)
  • Struck from the Navy Register 21 July 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 40mm gun mount, three 20mm guns, two rocket launchers, four depth charge projectors, and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 2,880bhp General Motors 16-258S diesel engines (Serial No. 6335 and 6336), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    PC-480 332k c. 1942
    How to Save Five Weeks in Ship Construction. A crane swings the a hull section for a submarine chaser, possibly the PC-461-class, into place. The ship will be welded together before being righted for finishing touches and addition of the superstructure. PC-480 is in the background
    Office of War Information photo 9431-7 from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Michael Mohl
    PC-480 39k c. 1944
    Casablanca, Morocco
    Richard Waggoner
    Crew Member

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