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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Able - How - Baker

Sunk 9 October 1945

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 14 April 1942 by the Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI
  • Launched 4 July 1942
  • Commissioned 5 October 1942
  • Grounded, broke in half and sank during Typhoon Louise 9 October 1945 at Buckner Bay, Okinawa
  • Struck from the Naval Register 19 December 1945
  • Hulk destroyed 23 February 1946.


  • Displacement 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 General Motors 16-258S diesel engines (Serial No. 7207 and 7208), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    Size Image Description Source
    PC-590 106k Launching Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    PC-590 69k After commissioning with PC-591 outboard Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    PC-590 55k Sea trials Bob Daly/PC-1181
    PC-590 107k Okinawa, 9 October 1945. PC-590 breaking up in Typhoon Louise CDR John B. Payne, USNR, Ret.
    PC-590 123k LSM-143 with PC-590, left, and YMS-146, right, aground on a reef at Okinawa, 9 October 1945 during Typhoon "Louise"
    Photo by David Sweeten USS Mona Island contributed by Henry Carr
    David Sweeten Family
    PC-590 68k After Typhoon Louise.
    SM2c John J. Mulligan, Crew member October 1942 - November 1943
    Original photo: Hyperwar U.S. Navy in WWII
    First replacement photo: Mike Green
    Second replacement photo: J. J. Mulligan

    Commanding Officers
    01LT G. P. Sterne, USCGR1945
    02LT Charles R. Poole, USCGR9 October 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS History currently available for PC-590
    Read "Loss of the PC-590"
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