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Call sign:
Nan - Yoke - Able - Jig

PCE-868 served the Navies of the United States and Mexico.

PCE-842 Class Patrol Craft Escort:

  • Laid down 11 August 1942 at Albina Engine and Machine Works, Portland, Oregon
  • Launched 29 January 1943
  • Commissioned USS PCE-868, 31 August 1943
  • After completing her fitting out at the builder's yard on 15 September 1943, she moved over the degaussing and deperming crib. She then loaded on supplies and reported to CinCPac for underway and sound training on
    18 September 1943 Upon completion of her shakedown, she was retained on temporary duty as a training vessel on 21 October 1943. Following this duty, she was assigned to ServRon 2 for duty. On 31 May 1944, she
    entered Pearl Harbor, her home port. From Pearl Harbor, she escorted ships throughout the Pacific
  • Reclassified as a Control Submarine Chaser, PCEC-868, 20 August 1945
  • Reclassified back to PCE-868, 15 October 1945
  • PCE-868, (aka "Hell's Hinges"), changed home ports to Guam on 25 June 1946. Her duties during this time in the Pacific included plane guard and weather ship duties
  • Following the war, she returned to the United States and decommissioned on 29 October 1947 at Norfolk, VA
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission 8 November 1947, transferred to the Mexican Government, and named ARM Virgilio Uribe (C 11)
  • Struck from the Naval Register on 5 December 1947
  • Reclassified PO-121
  • Scrapped in 1995.


  • Displacement 640 t.
  • Length 180' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9' 8"
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 100
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount, three 40mm mounts, five 20mm mounts, two depth charge tracks, four depth charge projectors, and two depth charge projectors (hedgehogs)
  • Propulsion: Two 900bhp General Motors 12-567A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    PCE-868 86k c. 1945 K. H. Kramer, ABCM, USNR

    Commanding Officers
    01LT L. M. Hoover, USNR1945
    Courtesy of Joe Radigan

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