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Fairview (EPCE[R] 850)

Call sign:
November - Xray - Bravo - Delta


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

  • Originally planned as PCE-850 but reclassified PCE(R)-850 in June 1943
  • Laid down 6 October 1943 by Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Co., Chicago, IL
  • Launched, 8 February 1944
  • Commissioned USS PCE(R)-850, 17 April 1944
  • General MacArthur had directed his chief signal officer, Major General S. 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 PCER could easily be converted into a communications center, assigned PCERs 848, 849, and 850 to the operational control of General Headquarters, Southwest Pacific Areas. Work was completed in mid-September 1944 and on 30 September 1944, PCERs 848 and 849 sailed to Hollandia,
    New Guinea
  • Present in Tokyo Bay during Japanese surrender ceremony in September 1945
  • Named Fairview 15 February 1956
  • Reclassified as an Experimental Patrol Craft Escort (Rescue), EPCE(R)-850 in 1959
  • Decommissioned 1 May 1968 and struck from the Navy Register
  • Sold in 1969
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 903 t.
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33' 1"
  • Draft 9' 5"
  • Speed 15.7 kts.
  • Complement 99
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 40mm gun mounts, two depth charge tracks and two depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 1,800bhp General Motors 12-567A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Fairview 140k 8 February 1944
    After launching
    Richard Sims
    USS Fairview (EPCE[R] 850)
    Fairview 203k National Archives photo USN 1081489 Naval History and Heritage Command
    Fairview 104k Ships plaque Tommy Trampp
    Fairview 127k 21 February 1961 Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Fairview 134k c. 1962
    Photo by S. P. Ryan from the 1964/1965 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    Fairview 48k c. 1966

    Commanding Officers
    01LT William Cook, USNAugust 1957 - August 1959
    02LT Robert Bernard Hoffman, USN - USNA Class of 19531959
    ??LT Harold John Sutphen, USN - Retired as Captain
    ??LT William Eugene Roberts, USN - USNA Class of 1952
    Retired as Captain
    ??LT William D. Pivarnik, USN - USNA Class of 1958
    Retired as Captain
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for Fairview (EPCE[R] 850)
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
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