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PC-1618 served the Navies of West Germany and Tunisia.

PC-1618 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down as PC-1618 by Societe Anonyme des Amiens Chantiers, Dubigeon, France for the West German Navy using "offshore" funds
  • Reclassified P-7
  • Transferred to West Germany 12 March 1957 and placed in service for use as a training ship at the Underwater Weapons School
  • Reclassified as an Underwater Weapons Training Ship, UW-12
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Craft (Wachboot), W-51
  • Between 1963 and 1965 W-51 was used for testing the GWS-20 Seacat SAM, an optical guided AA-missile
  • Purchased by Tunisia 16 June 1970 and renamed Sakiet Sidi Youssef (P 303)
  • Scrapped in mid-1980s.


  • Displacement 402 t.
  • Length 175'
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 10' 10"
  • Speed 18.7 kts.
  • Complement 63
  • Armament: One 40mm mount and two 20mm mounts. Between 1959 and 1962 she was armed with a Mk15 Hedgehog rocket launchers, four depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Four 3,240hp SEMT-Pielstick 14-cylinder diesel engines, two controllable pitch propellers, 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-1618 81k c. 1958
    Photo from the 1958/1959 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships, courtesy of Herr W. Schafer
    Robert Hurst
    UW-12 68k c. 1959
    Seen as UW-12
    Lutz Fuhrmann
    W-51 83k c. 1962
    Seen as W-51
    Lutz Fuhrmann
    PC-1618 67k c. 1964
    Photo by Erich Groner from the 1964/1965 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    PC-1618 106k c. 1967
    Photo by Dr. Giorgio Arra from the 1967/1968 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Sakiet Sidi Youssef (P 303)
    P-303 141k c. 1970
    Photo from Combat Fleets of the World
    Original photo: Fabio Peña
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    P-303 117k c. 1970
    Tunisian Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    P-303 83k 22 July 1980
    Barcelona, Spain
    Sakiet Sidi Youssef outboard of Président Bourghiba (E 7), ex-USS Thomas J. Gary (DER 326).
    Fabio Peña

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