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From the May 1954 edition of All Hands magazine


Call sign:
November - Xray - Lima - Zulu

PCEC-898 served the Navies of the United States and South Korea

PCE-881 Class Patrol Craft Escort:

  • Laid down 16 December 1942 by the Willamette Iron and Steel Corp., Portland, OR
  • Launched 3 August 1943
  • Commissioned USS PCE-898, 24 January 1945
  • Reclassified in August 1945 as a Control Patrol Craft Escort, PCE(C)-898
  • Transferred to South Korea 1 November 1974 and named Okpo (PCEC 55)
  • Struck from the Naval Register 15 November 1974
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 850 t.
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33' 1"
  • Draft 9' 5"
  • Speed 15.7 kts.
  • Complement 99
  • Armament: One 3"/50 gun mount, three twin 40mm gun mounts, four 20mm guns, two depth charge tracks, four depth charge projectors and one Hedgehog depth charge projector
  • Propulsion: Two 1,000bhp General Motors 12-278A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PCE-898 49k c. January 1945
    PCEC-898 46k - Roger Powel
    via Rick Mader
    PCE-898 79k U.S. Navy photo from the Naval Institute Archives
    Okpo (PCEC 55)
    PCE-898 118k c. 1961
    South Korean Navy photo from the 1964/1965 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Arthur F. Cox, USNR24 January 1945 - September 1945
    02LT John H. Barrie, USNRSeptember 1945 - December 1945
    03LTJG Clyde M. Covell, USNRDecember 1945 - August 1946
    04LT Elmo William Decker, USNAugust 1946
    05LT William Clark King, USN - USNA Class of 19491952
    06LT Harry Davis Johnston, USNKorean War
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PCE-898
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
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