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PCE-885 call sign:
Nan - Xray - George - Uncle

PCE-885 served the Navies of the United States and the Philippines.

RPS Leyte call sign:
Dog - Uncle - Nan - Xray

PCE-881 Class Patrol Craft Escort:

  • Laid down 25 February 1944 by the Albina Engineering and Machine Works, Portland, OR
  • Launched 20 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS PCE-885, 30 April 1945
  • Transferred to the Republic of the Philippines 1 June 1948 and named RPS Leyte (PS 30)
  • Grounded in 1979 near Wallace Air Station in Poro Point, La Union, Philippines
  • Unable to recover the ship, she was stricken from the Philippine Navy list.


  • 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, three twin 40mm mounts, five 20mm mounts, two depth charge tracks, four depth charge projectors, and one depth charge projector (hedgehog)
  • 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-885
    PCE-885 75k c. 1946
    Photos from the collection of Ensign Forest McWilliams, USNR
    Paul A. McWilliams
    RPS Leyte (PS 30)
    Leyte 47k Philippine Navy photo Jane's Fighting Ships

    Commanding Officers
    01LT James Samuel Spielman, USNR.
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    There is no DANFS history available for PCE-885
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    John C. Kilman Sr.
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
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