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HM MTB-401

Call sign:
Nan - Tare - Fox - Queen

PT-389 served the Navies of Great Britain and Italy

70' Vosper Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 17 August 1943 as PT-389 by Robert Jacob, City Island, NY
  • Launched 14 January 1944
  • Completed 8 July 1944, transferred to Great Britain and named HM MTB-401
  • Returned to U.S. custody 23 October 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 17 April 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in January 1948
  • Transferred to Italy 1 February 1948 and reclassified as a Torpedo Recovery Craft, GIS-002
  • Reclassified GIS-812
  • Reclassified as a Motor Torpedo Boat, MS-812
  • Reclassified MS-462
  • Struck from the Italian Navy list 30 April 1960
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 39 t.
  • Length 72'
  • Beam 19'
  • Draft 4' 9"
  • Speed 40 kts.
  • Complement 13
  • Armament: One twin Vickers .50 cal. machine gun in Mk 5 turret, two 21" torpedoes and two depth charges
  • Propulsion: Three 4,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-389 83k c. 1955
    Valletta, Malta
    Photo courtesy of A & J Pavia from Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    PT-389 341k 21 June 1959
    Trieste, Italy
    Moored alongside MS-432, ex-PT-394
    Photo by Augusto Nani from the collection of Giorgio Parodi
    The PT Boat Forum

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