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Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Nan - Baker

PC-481 served the Navies of the United States and France.

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser: Laid down, 3 February 1942 by the Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Michigan; Launched, 31 March 1942; Commissioned USS PC-481, 24 April 1942. During World War II, PC-481 was assigned to the European theater of operations. Decommissioned 16 June 1944 and transferred to France at Casablanca, Morocco as L'Effronté (W 42); Sunk as a target by the French, 29 April 1953; Struck from the Navy Register 2 May 1953.

Specifications: 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, two depth charge tracks; Propulsion two 2,880bhp General Motors 16-258S diesel engines (Serial No. 6341 and 6344), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.

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PC-481 32k c. 1946
L'Effronté (W 42)
Courtesy M. Henri Le Masson
Jane's Fighting Ships
Joe Radigan

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