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Alturas (PC 602)

Call sign:
November - Uniform - Tango - Kilo

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 12 April 1942 at Consolidated Shipbuilding Corp., Morris Heights, NY
  • Launched 13 June 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-602, 16 September 1942
  • Decommissioned in March 1946 and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria, Oregon
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as January 1947
  • Named Alturas 15 February 1956
  • Struck from the Navy Register in July 1960
  • Sold in April 1961
  • 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. 832361 and 832364), Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    Size Image Description Source
    Alturas 307k Original photo: Consolidated Shipbuilding, Bronx, NY
    Replacement photo: National Archives photo 80-G-439791
    Original photo: Bob Daly/PC-1181
    Replacement photo: Naval History and Heritage Command

    Photo added 6 March 2021
    Alturas 76k c. 1945
    PC-602 across the pier from an unidentified Patrol Craft Sweeper, YMS-101 and SC-505
    David Wright

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Thomas Anthony Graham, USNR16 September 1942
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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