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USS Natchez (PF 2)

Call sign:
Nan - Xray - Yoke - William

ex-USS Natchez (PG 102)
ex-HMCS Annan (K 297)
ex-HMS Annan (K 297)

Natchez served the Navies of the United States and the Dominican Republic.

Asheville Class Patrol Frigate:

  • The second Natchez was laid down 16 March 1942 as CN-335 at Canadian Vickers, Ltd., Montreal, Canada
  • Named HMS Annan (K-297)
  • Reassigned to the Canadian Navy and redesignated HMCS Annan (K-297)
  • Acquired by the U.S. Navy 20 July 1942
  • Launched 12 September 1942
  • Commissioned USS Natchez (PG-102), 16 December 1942 at Ottawa, Canada
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-2, 15 April 1943
  • Decommissioned 11 October 1945 at Charleston, SC
  • Transferred 19 November 1945 to the Maritime Commissionfor disposal
  • Sold 29 July 1947 to Louis Moore of Miami, FL
  • Resold 19 March 1948 to the Dominican Republic and renamed Juan Pablo Duarte (F-102)
  • Ran aground at Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic in November 1949 and taken out of service due to damage
  • Sold to Felix Benitez, a Puerto Rican engineer, who repaired her and converted her to his personal yacht, and renamed Moineau
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 2,360 t.
  • Length 301' 6"
  • Beam 36' 6"
  • Draft 13 8"
  • Speed 20.3 kts.
  • Complement 194
  • Armament: Three 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts, two twin 40mm gun mounts, nine 20mm gun mounts, two depth charge tracks, eight depth charge projectors, and one hedgehog depth charge projector
  • Propulsion: Two 225psi 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500shp Canadian Vickers verticle triple expansion steam engines, two shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Natchez (PF 2)
    Natchez 225k c. 1943
    The ship is still fitted with British type radars
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 55851
    Mike Green
    Natchez 187k 13 October 1943
    U.S. Navy photo
    Joe Radigan
    Natchez 62k c. March 1945 John (Alice) Filbin
    Juan Pablo Duarte (F-102)
    Natchez 62k c. 1953
    Dominican Republic Navy photo
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Frank William Auld, USNR16 December 1942 - March 1943
    02LCDR Norman B. Bullard, USNRMarch 1943 - December 1944
    03LT John H. Stafford, USNRDecember 1944 - 11 October 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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