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PC-1249 transferred to France

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 4 August 1943 as PC-1249 by the Nashville Bridge Co., Nashville, TN
  • Launched 6 November 1943
  • Transferred to France 9 February 1944 and named Pique (W 13)
  • Reclassified W-07 in 1948
  • Reclassified P-609 in 1951
  • Reclassified Q-161
  • Decommissioned in December 1958
  • Struck from the Navy Register 21 July 1959
  • Scrapped in 1960 at Bizerte, Tunisia.


  • 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 and two rocket launchers
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp General Motors 16-278A diesel engines (Serial No. 14255 and 14256), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    Pique 97k Photographed prior to transfer to France with French hull number/paint job and U.S. flag flying from mast Bob Daly/PC-1181
    Pique (W 13)
    Pique 464k 16 September 1944
    General Charles DeGaulle, extreme right, on bridge, inspecting units of French, American, and British Navies in Toulon Harbor, France
    Photo taken by USS Philadelphia (CL 41)
    National Archives photo 80-G-248716 from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Michael Mohl
    Pique 293k 16 September 1944
    Approaching HMS Delhi in Toulon Harbor, France
    Photo taken by USS Philadelphia (CL 41)
    National Archives photo 80-G-248717 from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Pique 86k c. September 1949
    Anchored at Algiers, French Morocco
    Photo taken from the cruiser Gloire by Rene Lechvallier
    Robert Hurst
    Pique (P 609)
    Pique 90k Off Algiers, Algeria.
    Photo by Loic Pairel
    Robert Hurst
    Pique 125k c. 1953
    CH 702, Pique and Cimeterre (P 608), ex-PC-1250
    Photo by Marine Nationale
    Pique 97k c. 1958
    Photo by Loic Pairel

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