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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - Love - Able

PC-1233 served the Navies of the United States and the Republic of China.

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 21 September 1942 by the Sullivan Dry Dock and Repair Co., Brooklyn, NY
  • Launched 11 January 1943
  • Commissioned USS PC-1233, 24 September 1943
  • Assigned to the European theater during World War II and participated in the Normandy invasion
  • Placed in service in August 1946 as a Naval Reserve training vessel assigned to the 3rd Naval District (New York)
  • Placed out of service 20 September 1946, transferred to the Republic of China and named Kung Kiang (PC 113)
  • Decommissioned 16 December 1970 and struck from the Navy Register
  • Fate unknown
  • PC-1233 received one battle star for World War II service.


  • Displacement 280 t.(lt) 450 t.(fl)
  • 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, two 20mm guns, four depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp Fairbanks Morse 38D8 1/8 diesel engines (Serial No. 833291 and 833292), Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    USS PC-1233
    PC-1233 125k Bob Daly/PC-1181
    PC-1233 160k PC-1233; USS Leyden (IX-167); USS Southland (IX-168) moored together at Cherbourg, France, on 11 August 1944
    National Archives photo 80-G-255747
    Photo added 15 June 2019
    Mike Green
    PC-1233 127k Nested outboard of USS Leyden (IX-167) and USS Southland (IX-168) at Cherbourg, France on 11 August 1944. The two larger ships served as barracks and station ships at Cherbourg after the Normandy landings
    National Archives photo 80-G-255749 from the Naval History and Heritage Command
    Kung Kiang (PC 113)
    PC-113 53k PC-113 Chinese Navy

    Commanding Officers
    ??LTJG William Clark King, USN - USNA Class of 1949
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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