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Altus (PC 568)

Call sign:
November - Echo - Xray - Yankee

Altus served both the U. S. Navy and Air Force.

Altus served the Navies of the United States and the Philippines.

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 15 September 1941 at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX
  • Launched 25 April 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-568, 13 July 1942 at Houston, TX
  • Decommissioned 30 April 1946 at Mayport, FL and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, St James River, Green Cove Springs, FL
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as January 1947
  • Named Altus 15 February 1956
  • Loaned to the Air Force in 1960
  • Struck from the Naval Register 15 March 1963 and transferred permanently to the U. S. Air Force
  • Transferred to the Philippines 2 March 1968 and renamed Nueva Viscaya (PS 80)
  • Converted to a Fast Attack Craft in 1988
  • Decommissioned 23 June 1990
  • Sank 10 March 1993 during a typhoon at Cebu, Philippines
  • Sold as scrap to Calixto Enterprises, Philippines.


  • Displacement 450 t.
  • Length 173' 8"
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 10' 10"
  • Speed 22 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 Fairbanks Morse 38D8 1/8 diesel engines (Serial No. 832267 and 832268), Westinghouse reduction gear, two shafts.

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    PC-568 38k Bob Daly/PC-1181
    PC-568 30k c. 1945
    Aground in the Gulf de Saint-Malo off Grandville, France

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