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Malvern (PC-580)

Call sign:
November - Uniform - Lima - Zulu

Malvern served the Navies of the United States and Indonesia.

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • The fourth Malvern was laid down 22 January 1942 by Albina Engine and Machinery Works Inc., Portland, Oregon
  • Launched 29 April 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-580, 26 September 1942
  • Named Malvern 15 February 1956
  • Decommissioned 27 March 1958 at Green Cove Springs Florida and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group
  • Transferred under the Military Assistance Program to Indonesia 17 March 1960 and renamed Hiu (PC 317)
  • Decommissioned in 1980
  • 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 rocket launchers, four depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1, 440bhp Fairbanks Morse 38D8 1/8 diesel engines (Serial No. 832279 and 832280), Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Albina Works 504k 28 April 1942.
    Albina Engine & Machinery Works
    Ships identified by George Murray
    Bob Daly/PC-1181
    Malvern 504k c. June 1942
    Pre-commissioning crew
    E. J. Comeau PC 553/1228
    Crewmember PC-1228
    15 September 1943 to December 1945
    PC-580 182k 22 September 1942
    Running trials, at about 19 knots, in the Columbia River near Portland, Oregon
    Photo by Albina Engine and Machine Works
    Courtesy of Ted Stone, 1977
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 86360
    Mike Green
    Photo added 21 July 2020
    USS PC-580
    PC-580 22k Elsilrac Naval photos Bob Daly/PC-1181
    PC-580 81k Photo taken from LSM-495 refueling PC-580 while underway to the Panama Canal Jake Hershey
    PC-580 60k c. 1952/53 Robert Norville
    PC-580 294k c. 1956
    Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1977
    U.S. Navy photo NH 85411
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Hiu (PC 317)
    PC-58060k c. 1961
    Indonesian Navy photo from the 1964/1965 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Alvin Weems Slayden, USN - USNA Class of 193226 September 1942 - March 1943
    02LT Kennet F. Burgess, Jr., USNRMarch 1943 - June 1943
    03LT McFarland Tolf, USNRJune 1943 - March 1944
    04LTJG Thomas K. LaLonde, USNRMarch 1944 - December 1944
    05LT Chester F. Heady, Jr., USNRDecember 1944 - March 1945
    06LT A. L. Anderson, USNRMarch 1945 - September 1945
    07LT George M. Morlier, USNRSeptember 1945 - December 1945
    08LTJG Earl O. Williams, USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    09LTJG Kenneth W. Levy, USNRMarch 1946 - June 1946
    10LTJG E. J. Serwan, USNRJune 1946 - 1946
    11LTJG Robert Albin Phalan, Jr., USNR1946 - 1948
    12LTJG William Roy Gibbs, USN1948
    13LTJG Charles Henry Ulrich, USN - USNA Class of 19541956
    14LTJG Willis Eugen Lowery, USNR1957 - 28 March 1958
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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