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PC-1616 served the Navies of Germany, Ethiopia and Italy

PC-1604 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 17 December 1953 as PC-1616 for Germany by A. C. Dubigeon, Brest, France
  • Launched 30 September 1954
  • Completed and delivered to Germany 23 August 1955
  • Transferred to Ethiopia 2 January 1957 at Bremerhaven, Germany and named Belay Deress
  • Returned to U.S. custody in the summer of 1957
  • Transferred to Italy 3 May 1959
  • Refitted at LaSpezia, Italy in 1959
  • Commissioned Vedetta (F 597), 5 November 1959
  • Struck from the Navy Register in 1977
  • Decommissioned 1 May 1978
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 325 t. (sl), 400 t. (fl)
  • Length 174'
  • Beam 24'
  • Draft 10'
  • Speed 19 kts.
  • Complement 60
  • Armament: Two twin 40mm mounts, two twin 20mm mounts, one Hedgehog and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Four 3,240bhp SEMT-Pielstick diesel engines, two shafts.

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    Size Image Description Source
    PC-1616 153k Bremerhaven, Germany
    PC-1618 and PC-1616 while attached to the Rhine River patrol
    Photo by Max Strässner from Rhine River Patrol website
    Robert Hurst
    PC-1616 34k c. 1958
    Photo by Skyfotos from Jane's Fighting Ships
    Bob Daly/PC-1181
    Vedetta (F 597)
    PC-1616 55k c. 1960
    Photo courtesy of Captain Aldo Fraccaroli from the 1960/1961 edition of Janes Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    PC-1616 34k c. 1967

    There is no DANFS history available for PC-1616
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