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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


PC-1248 transferred to the Free French on commissioning.

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 29 June 1943 as PC-1248 by the Nashville Bridge Co., Nashville, TN
  • Launched, 18 August 1943
  • Directly commissioned into the Free French Navy as Sabre (W 11), 18 January 1944 under the command of André Maitre Devallon
  • Completed and armed at the Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Reclassified P-607
  • Placed in reserve in May 1959
  • Withdrawn from active service 23 November 1959
  • Struck from the Navy list in 1960
  • Scrapped in 1961.


    Displacement 450 t.
    Length 173' 8"
    Beam 23'
    Draft 10' 10"
    Speed 20.2 kts.
    Complement 65
    Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount, one 40mm gun, five 20mm guns, two depth charge projectors, two depth charge tracks, two rocket launchers
    Propulsion: Two 2,880bhp General Motors 16-278A diesel engines (Serial No. 14249 and 14250), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    Sabre (W 11)
    PC-1248 39k c. 1944 Robert Hurst
    Sabre (P 607)
    PC-1248 125k . Alamer Website
    PC-1248 135k c. Late 1958
    Transferring mail with Fantassin (P 618), ex-PC-621
    Jacques Laborie

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