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Metuchen (PC 781)

Call sign:
November - Whiskey - Quebec - Juliet

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 11 November 1942 at Commercial Iron Works, Portland, OR
  • Launched 24 December 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-781, 9 July 1943
  • Decommissioned 14 August 1946 at Bay City, MI
  • Placed in service as a naval reserve training vessel in July 1947 in the 9th Naval District (Great Lakes)
  • Placed out of service 18 November 1949 at Norfolk, VA and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Norfolk Group
  • Named Metuchen 15 February 1956
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 November 1959
  • Sold for scrap 14 August 1959 to Hughes Brothers Inc. of New York, NY.


  • 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 (Serial No. 7719 and 7720), Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    PC-784 59k c. 1945
    (Right to left): PC-793, PC-784, PC-785, PC-781, and an unknown PC at Adak, Alaska.
    Harry Wilson, GM2, USN
    via Allan M. Wilson

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