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Batesburg (PCE 903)

Call sign:
November - Papa - Hotel - Foxtrot

Batesburg served the Navies of the United States and South Korea

PCE-881 Class Patrol Craft Escort:

  • Laid down 18 February 1943 at Willamette Iron and Steel Corp., Portland, OR
  • Launched 6 September 1943
  • Commissioned USS PCE-903, 16 May 1945
  • Decommissioned 6 September 1955 at Charleston, SC and laid up in reserve
  • Named Batesburg 1 February 1956
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 June 1961
  • Transferred to South Korea 13 December 1961 and renamed Sa Chon (PCE 59)
  • Placed out of service in 1979
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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 1,000bhp General Motors 12-278A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    PCE-903 27k U.S. Navy photo from the Naval Institute Archives Joe Radigan

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