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PC-561 served the Navies of the United States and Brazil

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 30 January 1942 at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN
  • Launched 1 May 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-561, 11 July 1942
  • Decommissioned 30 November 1943, transferred to Brazil and named Graśna (CS 8)
  • Reclassified G-8 after World War II
  • Returned to U.S. custody 19 April 1950 and transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission
  • Returned to Brazil
  • Decommissioned 18 September 1951
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 280 t.(lt), 450 t.(fl)
  • 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 Mousetrap depth charge projectors, four K-gun depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 2,880bhp General Motors 16-258S diesel engines (Serial No. 6349 and 6350), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    Size Image Description Source
    PC-561 45k Bob Daly/PC-1181
    PC-561 170k Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1977
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 85474
    Mike Green
    Graśna (G 8)
    PC-561 74k Entering Guanabara Bay at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Sixtant - World War II in the South Atlantic

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