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Call sign:
Nan - Xray - Dog - George

PC-802 served the Navies of the United States and South Korea.

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 14 August 1943 by Commercial Iron Works, Portland, OR
  • Launched 25 September 1943
  • Commissioned USS PC-802, 6 January 1945
  • Served along the U.S. Pacific coast during the remainder of World War II
  • In August 1945, following assignment to the Pacific Fleet's Amphibious Force, she was reclassified as a Control Submarine Chaser, PCC-802
  • Decommissioned in April 1946
  • Struck from the Navy Register in late 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in July 1948
  • Transferred to South Korea in 1950 and named ROKN Sam Kak San (PC-703)
  • Played an active role in the fighting in inshore waters and among the Korean peninsula's offshore islands. Following the end of the conflict, Sam Kak San continued her South Korean Navy service until 1960
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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. 7713 and 7714), Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    PC-802 89k Seen here as South Korean Sam Kak San (PC-703) 17 June 1950, San Francisco Bay
    U.S. Navy photos NH 85486, NH 85487, NH 85488 and NH 85489
    Naval Historical Center
    PC-802 90k
    PC-802 80k
    PC-802 93k
    PC-802 148k 16 June 1950, Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Seen here as South Korean Sam Kak San (PC-703) following transfer to the South Korean Navy. At left is her sister ship Kum Kang San (PC 702). USS Polaris (AF-11) in the background.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 85485
    PC-802 155k 16 June 1950, Mare Island Naval Shipyard. South Korean submarine chasers Chiri San, Kum Kang San and Sam Kak San (from left to right) nested together at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California following transfer to the South
    Korean Navy.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 85499
    PC-802 63k Crew fires the ship's 3"/50 gun "at the Communist-led North Koreans along the west coast of Korea" (quoted from original caption). Photograph is dated 18 December 1951
    U.S. Navy photo NH 97332

    Commanding Officers
    01LT John Clay Shaffer, USN - USNA Class of 19376 January 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    There is no DANFS history available for PC-802
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