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Call sign:
Nan - Xray - Mike - Victor

PCE(R)-848 Class Patrol Craft Escort (Rescue):

  • Originally planned as PCE-848 but reclassified PCE(R)-848 in June 1943
  • Laid down 7 September 1943 by the Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Co., Chicago, IL
  • Launched 21 January 1944
  • Commissioned USS PCE(R)-848, 30 March 1944
  • General Douglas MacArthur had directed his chief signal officer, Major General Spencer B. Akin, to form a fleet command post to facilitate communications during complex land, sea, and air attacks.
    Most of the ships designated for this duty belonged to the Army
  • The Navy, realizing that the hospital space on the PCE(R) could easily be converted into a communications center, assigned PCE(R)s 848, 849, and 850 to the operational control of General Headquarters,
    Southwest Pacific Areas
  • Conversion started 17 June 1944 at Brisbane, Australia and work was completed in mid-September 1944
  • On 30 September 1944, PCE(R)s 848 and 849 sailed to Hollandia, New Guinea
  • Damaged 27 October 1944 by horizontal bomber off the coast of New Guinea at 11 11' N., 125 05' E.
  • Present in Tokyo Bay during Japanese surrender ceremony in September 1945
  • Decommissioned in March 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration for disposal in January 1947
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 850 t.
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33' 1"
  • Draft 9' 5"
  • Speed 15.7 kts.
  • Complement 99
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount and two 40mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two 1,000bhp General Motors 12-567A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    PCE(R)-848 56k 12 October 1944
    Humboldt Bay, Hollandia, New Guinea
    As part of the task forces preparing to depart for the Leyte invasion. These photos are a pictorial story of the crew and equipment of PCE(R)-848
    U.S. Army Signal Corps photos SC288925, SC288926, SC288927, SC288928, SC288929, SC288930, SC288931, SC288932, SC288933, SC288934, SC288935, SC288936, SC288937,
    SC288938, SC288939, SC288940 and SC288941 from the National Archives
    John Chiquoine
    PCE(R)-848 88k
    PCE(R)-848 145k
    PCE(R)-848 177k
    PCE(R)-848 182k
    PCE(R)-848 209k
    PCE(R)-848 198k
    PCE(R)-848 191k
    PCE(R)-848 118k
    PCE(R)-848 146k
    PCE(R)-848 174k
    PCE(R)-848 135k
    PCE(R)-848 183k
    PCE(R)-848 127k
    PCE(R)-848 185k
    PCE(R)-848 150k
    PCE(R)-848 151k

    There is no DANFS History currently available for PCE(R)-848
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    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
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