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HM MTB-408

Call sign:
Nan - Tare - George - Mike

PT-396 served the Navies of Great Britain and Italy

70' Vosper Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 20 December 1943 as PT-396 by Robert Jacob, City Island, NY
  • Launched 28 July 1944
  • Completed 9 September 1944, transferred to Great Britain and named HM MTB-408 under the command of T/Lt. Raymond Philip Tonkin, RNVR
  • Returned to U.S. custody 10 November 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 8 January 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in January 1948
  • Transferred to Italy 4 April 1948 and reclassified as a Torpedo Recovery Craft GIS-0011
  • Reclassified GIS-834
  • Reclassified as a Motor Torpedo Boat, MS-834
  • Reclassified MS-434
  • Struck from the Italian Navy list 30 June 1959
  • 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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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-396 68k Robert Jacob photos Tom Nye
    PT-396 81k
    PT-396 83k
    PT-396 52k c. 1959
    Italian Navy photo from the 1958/1959 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-396
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