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Crestview (PCE 895)

Call sign:
November - Xray - Kilo - Foxtrot

Crestview served the Navies of the United States, South Vietnam and the Philippines.

PCE-881 Class Patrol Craft Escort:

  • Laid down 2 December 1942 by the Willamette Iron and Steel Corp., Portland, OR
  • Launched 18 May 1943
  • Commissioned USS PCE-895, 30 October 1944
  • Named Crestview 15 February 1956
  • Transferred to South Vietnam 29 November 1961 and renamed Dong Da II (HQ 07)
  • Escaped to the Philippines in 1975 and renamed RPS Sultan Kudarat (PS 22)
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 640 t.
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9'
  • Speed 15.7 kts.
  • Complement 99
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, three twin 40mm gun mounts, two depth charge tracks, four depth charge projectors and one depth charge projector (edgehog)
  • Propulsion: Two 2,000shp General Motors 12-278A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    USS PCE-895
    PCE-895 117k David Buell
    PCE-895 278k During World War II
    Photos by Jack Davidson, San Diego, CA
    Tommy Trampp
    PCE-895 317k
    PCE-895 71k Pearl Harbor, HI
    From the collection of Leo Barnecut, crew member, 1945
    Leland Barnecut
    PCE-895 101k Airing bedding on main deck, aft
    From the collection of Leo Barnecut, crew member, 1945
    PCE-894 94k 28 September 1945
    Mare Island Navy Yard
    PCE-894 incline tests. The bows of PCE-895 and PCE-896 are visible in the background
    U.S. Navy photo 4528-45
    Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Public Affairs Office
    PCE-895 39k U.S. Navy photo from the July 1953 edition of All Hands magazine Joe Radigan
    PCE-895 109k Christmas card from the 1955 edition of "Our Navy" magazine Arthur Gendreau
    PCE-895 53k c. 1955-1956
    Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    RVN Dong DA II (HQ 07)
    PCE-895 61k Ships plaque
    From the collection of T. V. Quang
    Tommy Trampp
    PCE-895 77k c. 1963 Robert Hurst
    PCE-895 103k c. 1971
    Nha Be, South Vietnam
    Dong Da II alongside RVN Hau Giang (HQ 04), ex-LSM-276
    © Richard Leonhardt
    LSM-276/PCE-895 58k
    PCE-895 445k 25 November 1971
    Nha Be, South Vietnam
    Backing away from seawall. Tutuila (ARG 4) is on the right
    PCE-895 258k 25 November 1971
    Nha Be, South Vietnam
    Backing away from seawall. Tutuila (ARG 4) is on the right with civilian freighter going up river
    PCE-895 192k 25 November 1971
    Nha Be, South Vietnam
    Turning to head down river. The Philippine ship BRP Albay (LT 39), ex-LST-865 is anchored in the background
    Gayety 218k 31 May 1975
    Subic Bay, Philippines
    Former South Vietnamese and Cambodian Navy ships tied up at buoy No. 1, after bringing in refugees. They are (l-r): Vietnamese ships: HQ-471, ex-YOG-33; Dong Da II; Chi Lang II (HQ 08), ex-Gayety (MSF 239); Chi Linh (HQ 11), ex-Shelter (MSF 301); Cambodian Ships: P-112, E-312, ex-PC-1171
    National Archives photo K-109092
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    BRP Sultan Kudarat (PS 22)
    PCE-895 80k c. 1989
    Conducting sea trials off Subic Bay, Philippines.
    Jose Antonio Layos, Jr.
    Engineering Officer
    PCE-895 230k 3 May 2010
    Mactan, Cebu, Philippines
    Moored inboard of BRP Abraham Campo (PG 396), ex-USCGC Point Doran (WPB 82375)
    From the collection of Mike Baylon
    Edison Sy
    PCE-895 343k 3 May 2011
    Colorado Shipyard, Cebu, Philippines
    Sultan Kudarat and BRP Iloilo (PS 32), ex-PCE-897
    From the collection of Mike Baylon

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Robert W. Chapin, USNR30 October 1944 - 2 February 1945
    02LT Frederick W. Freeman, Jr., USNR2 February 1945 - 11 July 1945
    03LT Louis F. Eaton, Jr., USNR11 July 1945 - 8 October 1945
    04LT Paul R. Lawrence, USNR8 October 1945 - 26 November 1945
    05LT James E. Council, USNR26 November 1945 - 17 January 1946
    06LTJG Harold W. McKevitt, USNR17 January 1946 - 24 April 1946
    07LTJG Clifford C. Booth, USNR24 April 1946 - 20 July 1946
    08LTJG Guy Vernon Padgett, USN - USNA Class of 194420 July 1946
    09LT Jerome Morton Malament, USN - USNA Class of 19521955 - 1957
    ??LTJG C. E. Houston, USN
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    There is no DANFS history available for Crestview (PCE 895)
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