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Call sign:
Nan - Able - How - Love

PC-591 served the Navies of the United States and France.

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 8 May 1942 at Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
  • Launched 2 August 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-591, 26 October 1942
  • Decommissioned 18 October 1944, transferred to France at Toulon and named Spahi (W 123)
  • Reclassified P-601 in 1952
  • Struck from the Navy Register 16 December 1959 and scrapped.


  • 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 single 40mm gun mount, three 20mm guns, two rocket launchers, four depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 2,880bhp General Motors 16-258S diesel engines (Starboard engine Serial No. 10844, port engine unknown), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    Size Image Description Source
    PC-590 69k Outboard of PC-590 Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    PC-591 304k Original photo: October 1942.
    Sea trials at Sturgeon Bay
    Replacement photo: Bought in Kansas City at an antique shop. An original large (14"x11"), framed photo of the PC-591. The label on the back of the frame says "Marshall Field & Company Picture Gallery Oct 1942" (Chicago) and was sold to David Evans, whom I think was the father of the commander
    Original photo: Bob Daly/PC-1181
    Replacement photo: Jerry Elarton
    Spahi (W 123)
    PC-591 113k Robert Hurst
    Spahi (P 601)
    PC-591 67k Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Chesley McAllister Evans, USN/USNR - USNA Class of 1924
    Retired as Captain
    26 October 1942 - February 1943
    02LCDR Clarence Walker Petrie, USN/USNR - USNA Class of 1934February 1943 - 25 October 1943
    03LTJG Charles E. MacInnes, USNR25 October 1943 - 15 April 1944
    04LT John L. Clark, USNR15April 1944 - 17 October 1944
    Courtesy Joe Radigan, Jerry Elarton and Wolfgang Hechler

    There is no DANFS History currently available for PC-591
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