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Call sign:
November - Bravo - November - Romeo

PC-545 served the Navies of the United States, France and Morocco.

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 31 March 1942 by the Defoe Shipbuilding Corp., Bay City, MI
  • Launched 8 May 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-545, 27 June 1942 with a Coast Guard crew
  • PC-545 participated in the following campaigns:
    Sicilian occupation, 9 - 15 July, 28 July - 17 August 1943
    Salerno landings, 9 - 12 September 1943
    Anzio Netturno advanced landings, 28 January - February 1944 and the Invasion of Southern France, 15 August - September 1944
  • Sank a German E-boat 19 March 1944 west of Anzio, Italy
  • Decommissioned 17 October 1944, transferred to France at Toulon, France and named Goumier (W 91). Her Coast Guard crew was removed the same day
  • Reclassified W-04 and P-603
  • Loaned to Morocco 14 October 1960 and renamed Agadir (Q 390)
  • Agadir, which is the name of the Moroccan city destroyed by an earthquake during the night of 29 February - 1 March 1960. The crew of Goumier helped to find survivors
  • Returned to France and struck from the Naval Register 8 December 1964
  • Sunk as a target in 1964.


  • Displacement 280 t.(lt), 450 t.(fl)
  • Length 175'
  • 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 No. 6359 and 6360), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    Size Image Description Source
    USS PC-545
    PC-545 90k c. 1943
    Bureau of Ships photo
    Original photo: Phil Wagner
    Replacement photo: Edib Krlicbegovic
    Goumier (W 04)
    PC-545 109k Photo by Peron Robert Hurst
    Goumier (P 603)
    PC-545 179k . Louis Féat
    PC-545 57k c. 1953
    Anchored off the south coast of England
    Photo by Wright and Logan, Portsmouth, England
    Robert Hurst
    Agadir (Q 390)
    PC-545 821k 27 June 1961
    Photo by Photo Marius Bar, Toulon, France
    Louis Féat
    PC-545 78k c. 1962
    Photo courtesy of Ing. Augusto Nan from the 1964/1965 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LT John F. String, Jr., USCGR - Awarded the Silver Star (1944)1944
    ??LT Joseph Alban (Stormy) Weber, Jr., USNR - Retired as Read Admiral
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

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