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Sunk 11 September 1945

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 10 October 1942 by the Albina Engine and Machinery Works, Portland, OR
  • Launched 5 December 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-815, 20 April 1943
  • On 11 September 1945, during a heavy fog off San Diego, CA, the USS Laffey (DD 724) collided with PC-815 and cut her in half
  • All but one of the crew were rescued by Laffey
  • Struck from the Naval Register 11 October 1945
  • Navy divers demolished the wreck in early November 1945 due to the navigation hazard that it posed to a busy shipping channel.


  • 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, three 20mm guns, two depth charge projectors, two depth charge tracks and two Mousetrap launchers
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp Hooven-Owen-Rentschler R-99DA diesel engines (Serial No. 6977 and 6978), Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PC-815 111k 13 April 1943
    Running trials on the Columbia River
    National Archives photos
    Robert Hurst
    PC-815 150k

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Lafayette Ron Hubbard, USNR20 April 1943 - 7 July 1943
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PC-815
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    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
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