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Kelso (PC-1170)

Call sign:
November - Papa - Mike - Oscar

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 3 July 1943 at Sullivan Dry Dock and Repair Co., Brooklyn, NY
  • Launched 16 October 1943
  • Commissioned USS PC-1170, 21 February 1944
  • Decommissioned 5 August 1955 at San Francisco, CA and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Named Kelso 15 February 1956
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 July 1960
  • Sold for scrap 25 April 1961 to the Ship Supply Corp.


  • Displacement 280 t. (lt), 295 t. (fl)
  • Length 175'
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 10' 10"
  • Speed 20 kts.
  • Complement 59
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, one 40mm gun mount; three 20mm guns, two depth charge projectors (Hedge hog), four depth charge projectors (K-gun), and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp General Motors 16-278A diesel engines (Serial No. 14247 & 14248), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Kelso 109k The escort carrier USS Saidor (CVE 117) is in the background
    Kelso 69k c. 1944
    Bureau of Ships photo
    Original photo from Gus D. Stamos, QM3
    crew member 1947-1949
    Replacement photo from Edib Krlicbegovic
    Kelso 56k Gus D. Stamos, QM3
    crew member 1947-1949
    Kelso 29k Pearl Harbor
    Kelso 87k Tommy Trampp

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Burrill D. Barker, Jr., USN21 February 1944
    02LTJG Francis Everett Pearson, III, USNFebruary 1947 - February 1948
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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