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Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - King - Nan

PCE-869 served the Navies of the United States and the Republic of China.

PCE-842 Class Patrol Craft Escort:

  • Laid down 2 September 1942 by the Albina Engine and Machine Works, Portland, Oregon
  • Launched 6 February 1943
  • Commissioned USS PCE-869, 19 September 1943
  • Transferred to the Republic of China 28 August 1945 and named Yun Hsiang (PCE 42)
  • While anchored off the coast of Shianhai, Taiwan on 1 May 1949 three communist crew members intent on hijacking the ship, killed the commanding officer, Captain Lu Wei-Yuan. Their attempt to
    hijack the ship failed and they were locked in a cabin. When the ship arrived at Shianhai the police came aboard and injected gas into the cabin, killing all the traitors. The ship was renamed and reclassified Wei Yuan (PCE 68) in August 1949 in honor of Captain Lu. During the 1958 war in "Kim Men" (Taiwan Strait crisis) the ship was declared a "Hero Ship"
  • Reclassified PF-42
  • Decommissioned 1 July 1971
  • Scrapped 28 August 1971
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 July 1972
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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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    USS PCE-869
    PCE-869 61k Father Frank Toste
    Yun Hsiang (PCE 42)
    Logic & PCE-869 140k Chinese Warships passing through the Gatun locks, Panama Canal, on 21 April 1946, after being turned over to China by the U.S. Navy. The ships are: Yung Shun (AM 44), ex-USS Logic (AM-258) and Yung Hsiang (PCE 42), (later renamed Wei Yuan (PF 42)) ex-USS PCE-869. Ships are flying Chinese flags, but still wear U.S. Navy hull numbers
    National Archives photos 80-G-363480 and 80-G-363490
    Mike Green
    Logic & PCE-869 220k
    PCE-869 69k Father Frank Toste
    PCE-869 49k Courtesy of the Chinese Warships Museum.

    There is no DANFS History currently available for PCE-869
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