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Mechanicsburg (PC 779)

Call sign:
November - Yankee - Alpha - Papa

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 26 September 1942 at Commercial Iron Works, Portland, Oregon
  • Launched 7 December 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-779, 31 May 1943
  • Placed in service as a naval reserve training vessel in July 1946 in the 9th Naval District (Great Lakes)
  • Named Mechanicsburg in February 1956
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 April 1959 and scrapped.


  • Displacement 450 t.
  • 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, five 20mm guns, two rocket launchers, and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp Hooven-Owen-Rentschler R-99DA diesel engines, Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    Mechanicsburg 73k . website

    Commanding Officers
    01LT T. B. Whiteside, USNR1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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