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Call sign:
Nan - Xray - Love - Able

PCE-872 served the Navies of the United States and Cuba.

PCE-842 Class Patrol Escort:

  • Laid down 30 January 1943 by the Albina Engine and Machine Works, Portland, OR
  • Launched 24 March 1943
  • Commissioned USS PCE-872, 29 November 1943
  • Assisted PC-803 and PC-804 in scuttling Underhill (DE 682) after she was damaged by a kaiten torpedo launched from the Japanese submarine I-53, 24 July 1945 off Luzon, Philippines
  • Reclassified as a Control Submarine Chaser, PCEC-872 20 August 1945
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission 1 October 1947, sold to Cuba and named Caribe (H 201)
  • Reclassified PE-201
  • 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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    Size Image Description Source
    USS PCE-872
    PCE-872 50k c. 1944 Richard Powers
    PCE-872 48k Joseph William Ferguson
    via his son Michael
    PCE-872 50k
    Caribe (H 201)
    PCE-872 50k c. 1953 Robert Hurst
    PCE-872 48k c. 1954
    Cuban Navy photo
    Caribe (PE 201)
    PCE-872 50k Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Norman F. Baldwin, USNR29 November 1943 - June 1944
    02LT T. H. Moyer, Jr., USNRJune 1944 - December 1944
    03LT Ernest T. S. Klock, USNRDecember 1944 - September 1945
    04LT John James Connell, USNRSeptember 1945 - March 1946
    05LTJG John F. McKean, USNRMarch 1946 - June 1946
    06LT Walter Howard Calhoun, USNJune 1946
    ??LT Pierre Herbert Vining, USN
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS History currently available for PCE-872
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