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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Dog - How - Oboe

PC-1256 served the Navies of the United States and Portugal

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 28 October 1943 by the Luders Marine Construction Co., Stamford, CT
  • Launched 21 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS PC-1256, 27 October 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register 12 April 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration 15 March 1948, sold to Portugal and named NRP São Tomé (TM)
  • Scrapped in 1970.


  • Displacement 450 t.
  • 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, five 20mm guns, two rocket launchers, and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp Hooven-Owen-Rentschler R-99DA diesel engines, Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    Size Image Description Source
    PC-1256 42k c. 1953
    Portugese Navy photo
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LT B. W. Partridge, USNR1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history currently available for PC-1256
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