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Wolf call sign:
Papa - Alpha - Charlie - November

PCE-1607 was built for The Netherlands

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

  • Laid down 15 November 1952 as PCE-1607 by Avondale Marine Ways, Inc., New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 2 January 1954
  • Commissioned 26 March 1954 as the Dutch Corvette HRNLMS Wolf (F 817)
  • Scrapped in 1985.


  • Displacement 640 t.
  • Length 180' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9' 8"
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 63
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount, three 40mm mounts, two 20mm mounts and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 900bhp General Motors 12-567A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    PCE-1607 104k Pieter Bakels
    PCE-1607 43k c. April 1954
    Wolf at full dress for birthday of Netherlands Queens. The ship was attached to the Fleet Training Group, Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk, VA. The Alsea (ATF 97) is astern.
    National Archives photo 80-G-640291
    Dan Treadwell
    PCE-1607 43k 1 May 1954
    Wolf at sea
    National Archives photo 80-G-640218
    PCE-1607 43k 11 May 1954
    Crewman aboard Wolf underway with Fleet Training Group, Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk, VA., don life jackets during collision drill.
    National Archives photo 80-G-640300
    PCE-1607 43k 11 May 1954
    LTS I. H. J. Haakman, C.O. (left) and LCDR John R. Riediger, USN, Liaison Officer on bridge of Netherlands Patrol Craft Wolf.
    National Archives photo 80-G-640301
    PCE-1607 43k 11 May 1954
    Gun crew goes into action as C. E. Shealy, GMC, USN, Shipboard Instructor and LCDR J. R. Riediger, USN, Liaison Officer (top center) stand by.
    National Archives photo 80-G-640302
    PCE-1607 43k 11 May 1954
    Firing 40mm Gun Mount are (L to R) MATR1 J. Jansen, LTZ3 M. C. Tromp (foreground), KPLGSKNST C. P. V. Arnhem, MATR3 G. Geerestein, MATR1 A. V. D Tuuk, unknown sailor (seated), and LCDR J. R. Riediger, USN Liaison Officer.
    National Archives photo 80-G-640303
    PCE-1607 43k 11 May 1954
    Gun crew opens fire during gunnery operations at sea.
    National Archives photo 80-G-640304
    PCE-1607 43k 20 May 1954
    Sailors of Belgian Mine Sweeper Herve (M 191), (ex-AMS-153) and Wolf gather at garden at historic Williamsburg, VA. The group was undergoing training with the Fleet Training Group, Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk, VA.
    National Archives photo 80-G-640305
    PCE-1605 121k HRNLMS Panter (F 821), ex-PCE-1608; HRNLMS Vos (F 820), ex-PCE-1606; HRNLMS Hermelijn (F 819), ex-PCE-1605 and Wolf
    Royal Netherlands Navy photo
    Fran Van Gerven
    PCE-1607 66k c. 1955
    Royal Netherlands Navy photo from the 1956/1957 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    PCE-1607 43k c. 1968
    PCE-1607 153k c. 1980/1981
    Ostend, Belgium
    Photos by Gilbert Gyssels
    Gilbert Gyssels
    PCE-1607 205k

    Exterior and Interior Views of Wolf (F 817)
    There is no DANFS history available for PCE-1607
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