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Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - Able - Able

PC-1218 served the Navies of the United States and Thailand

HTMS Sukeip call sign:
Hotel - Sierra - Yankee - Hotel

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 2 July 1943 by the Luders Marine Construction Co., Stamford, CT
  • Launched 24 October 1943
  • Commissioned USS PC-1218, 29 May 1944
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 7 June 1948
  • Sold to Thailand in 1952 and named HTMS Sukeip (PC 5)
  • Placed in reserve and struck from the Navy list in 1991
  • Decommissioned 1 April 1994
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 280 t.(lt), 450 t.(fl)
  • Length 173' 8"
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 10' 10"
  • Speed 19 kts.
  • Complement 65
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, one 40mm gun mount, two 20mm guns, four depth charge projectors, two Mk20 Mousetrap rocket launchers, two Mk32 MOD 3 single tube anti-submarine torpedos and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,480bhp Hooven-Owen-Rentschler RB-99DA diesel engines (Serial No. 7331 and 7332), Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    Size Image Description Source
    PC-1218 74k HTMS Sukeip (PC 5) Bob Daly/PC-1181
    PC-1218 126k c. 1954
    Royal Thai Navy photo from the 1964/1965 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst

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