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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Uncle - Jig - Xray

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 20 December 1941 by the Albina Engine and Machinery Works, Portland, OR
  • Launched 29 April 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-578, 15 July 1942
  • During World War II, PC-578 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations:
    Yellow Beach control vessel for Iwo Jima landings, 19 - 26 February 1945
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April - 10 June 1945,
    and Navy occupation service (Asia), 2 September - 1 November 1945
  • Damaged in a collision at Iwo Jima with LSM-207, 24 February 1945
  • Reclassified as a Control Submarine Chaser, PCC-578, 20 August 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 8 May 1946
  • Sold 14 April 1948 at Pearl Harbor, HI
  • Hull discovered on 24 August 2002 by the University of Hawai'i's Undersea Research Laboratory deep diving submersible Pisces V, approximately 2 - 5 miles from the entrance to Pearl Harbor, at a depth
    of 1,200'


  • 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 rocket launchers, four depth charge projectors, and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp Fairbanks Morse 38D8 1/8 diesel engines (Serial No. 832277 and 832278), Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Albina Works 504k 28 April 1942.
    Albina Engine & Machinery Works.
    Ships identified by George Murray
    Bob Daly/PC-1181
    PC-578 150k 24 August 2002
    Photo by Hawai'i Undersea Research Laboratory
    PC-578 153k 24 August 2002
    Flying bridge
    Photo by Hawai'i Undersea Research Laboratory
    PC-578 144k 24 August 2002
    Pisces V on bow breakwater. Ring of bolts for the 3"/50 bow gun is visable
    Photo by Hawai'i Undersea Research Laboratory
    PC-578 116k 24 August 2002
    Pisces V sitting on deck near the 3"/50 mount deck ring
    Photo by Hawai'i Undersea Research Laboratory
    PC-578 175k 24 August 2002
    Starboard wing of flag bridge. Deck ring for 20mm mount is visable
    Photo by Hawai'i Undersea Research Laboratory
    PC-578 130k 24 August 2002
    Midships 40mm gun tub showing ready ammunition slots rings
    Photo by Hawai'i Undersea Research Laboratory
    PC-578 116k 24 August 2002
    Port bow hull number
    Photo by Hawai'i Undersea Research Laboratory
    PC-578 172k 24 August 2002
    Starboard propeller and rudder
    Photo by Hawai'i Undersea Research Laboratory

    Commanding Officers
    01LT John H. McWhorter, USNR15 June 1942 - December 1943
    02LT Andrew J. Brent, USNRDecember 1943 - September 1944
    03LT Charles Dana Chalfant, USNRSeptember 1944 - August 1945
    04LT J. E. Girard, USNRAugust 1945 - December 1945
    05LTJG John U. Barton, USNRDecember 1945 - 26 April 1946
    Courtesy Joe Radigan, Devon Dana Chalfant and Wolfgang Hechler

    There is no DANFS history available for PCC-578
    Additional Resources and Websites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
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