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Call sign:
Papa - Alpha - Tango - Papa

PC-1605 was built for The Netherlands

PCE-1604 Class Patrol Craft Escort/Roofdier (Predator) Class Corvette:

  • Laid down 2 March 1953 as PCE-1605 by the General Shipbuilding and Engineering Works, East Boston, MA
  • Launched 5 August 1954
  • Transferred to The Netherlands as HNLMS Hermelijn (F 819)
  • Scrapped in 1987.


  • Displacement 640 t.
  • Length 180' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9' 8"
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 63
  • Armament: One 3"/50, two 40mm mounts and two 20mm mounts
    Between 1959 and 1962 the ship was armed with a MK15 Hedgehog rocket launchers, four depth charge projectiles and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 900bhp General Motors 12-567A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    Size Image Description Source
    PCE-1605 189k 13 September 1954
    Personnel of ship man the 3"/50 gun during general quarters drill
    National Archives photo 80-G-663289
    Dan Treadwell
    PCE-1605 166k W. Holtkamp, QMS2 signals on bridge of ship
    National Archives photo 80-G-63290
    PCE-1605 183k Pieter Bakels
    PCE-1605 121k HRNLMS Panter (F 821), ex-PCE-1608; HRNLMS Vos (F 820), ex-PCE-1606;Hermelijn and HRNLMS Wolf (F 817),
    Royal Netherlands Navy photo
    Fran Van Gerven
    PCE-1605 62k 20 September 1959
    Wilhelmshaven, Germany
    Joe Radigan

    General Description of Electronic Systems Installation On Board PCE-1605
    There is no DANFS history available for PCE-1605
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