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Anacortes (PC-1569)

Call sign:
November - India - Whiskey - Charlie

ex-PC 1569

Anacortes served the Navies of the United States and South Vietnam.

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 26 September 1944 at Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin the last PC built by the Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Co.
  • Launched 9 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS PC-1569, 14 March 1945 at New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Decommissioned 9 August 1946 at Astoria, Oregon and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as January 1947
  • Named Anacortes 15 February 1956
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 June 1960
  • Transferred to South Vietnamese Navy at Seattle, WA, 23 November 1960 and renamed RVNS Van Don (HQ 06)
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 295 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, five 20mm guns, two depth charge projectors, and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp General Motors 16-278A diesel engines (Serial No. 55571 & 55572), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    Size Image Description Source
    PC-1569 96k Launching. Sponsored by Mrs. Nellie Hines and the citizens of Grant County (Marion), Indiana through the purchase of War Bonds
    Great Lakes Institute Photo
    Bob Daly/PC-1181
    USS PC-1569
    PC-1569 252k 14 March 1945
    Jeff Perry
    Photos added 28 October 2020
    PC-1569 338k c. 1945
    RVNS Van Don (HQ 06)
    PC-1569 100k Thanh Duong
    PC-1569 99k
    HQ-06 96k From the collection of Dinh Trong Vu Tommy Trampp
    PC-1569 63k c. 1966 Robert Hurst
    HQ-06 183k Original and replacement photo: c. 1971
    Vietnamese Navy photo
    Original photo: Jane's Fighting Ships
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst

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