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Tacoma (PF 3)

Call sign:
November - Xray - Whiskey - Charlie

Tacoma served the Navies of the United States, the Soviet Union and South Korea

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Lead ship of Tacoma Class Patrol Frigates
  • Laid down under Maritime Commission Contract, (MC hull 1421), 10 March 1943 as Patrol Gunboat, PG-111 at Kaiser Cargo Inc., Richmond, CA
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-3, 15 April 1943
  • Named Tacoma 5 May 1943
  • Launched 7 July 1943
  • Commissioned USS Tacoma (PF-3), 6 November 1943
  • Decommissioned at Cold Harbor, Alaska 16 August 1945
  • Loaned to the Soviet Union and reclassified EK-12
  • Returned to U.S. custody 16 October 1949 at Yokosuka, Japan
  • Recommissioned 1 December 1950
  • Decommissioned in early October 1951
  • Transferred to the Republic of Korea 9 October 1951 and renamed Taedong (PF-63)
  • Returned to U.S. custody 28 February 1973
  • Struck from the Naval Register 20 April 1973
  • Donated to the Republic of Korea Navy 1 June 1973 as a museum and training ship.


  • Displacement 1,430 t. (lt), 2,415 t. (fl)
  • Length 303' 11"
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 13' 8"
  • Speed 20.3 kts.
  • Complement 190
  • 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 depth charge projector (hedgehog)
  • Propulsion: Two 240psi 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500ihp verticle triple expansion steam engines, two shafts..
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    Size Image Description Source
    Tacoma (PF 3)
    Tacoma 236k Underway when first completed. The original photo is dated 29 October 1943
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 107264
    Original photo: Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Replacement photo: Mike Green
    USS Tacoma (PF 3)
    Tacoma 217k Fitting out at Richmond, California, circa November 1943, around the time she was commissioned
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 92996
    Mike Green
    Tacoma 98k 11 December 1943
    Off San Francisco. She was at Mare Island for repairs from 16 June 1944 to 10 October 1944 and was in dry dock No. 2 from 23 - 26 June 1944
    U.S. Navy photos 8157-43, 8164-43 and 8166-43
    Darryl L. Baker
    Tacoma 145k
    Tacoma 83k
    Tacoma 392k c. 1944
    Seattle, WA
    From the collection of James R. Dunlap, Jr., Water Tender 3rd Class (somewhere in the first row)
    James R. Dunlap, III
    Tacoma 65k U.S. Coast Guard photo Mike Hanlon
    Tacoma 75k Postal cover: Postmarked 20 January 2006, Lincoln Station, Tacoma, WA Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Taedong (PF 63)
    Tacoma 330k 16 January 1952
    Han Estuary, South Korea
    Along side the repair ship USS Jason (ARH-1). The Jason was the flagship of Service Squadron Three which supplied mobile logistic support for United Nations’ naval units. The ships fantails visible are: (L-R) the Australian Bay-class frigate HMAS Murchison (F 442); the Colombian Tacoma-class frigate Almirante Padilla (FG 51), ex-USS
    Groton (PF 29)
    ; the Tacoma-class frigate USS Gloucester (PF-22), and the South Korean Tacoma-class frigate Taedong
    U.S. Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Tacoma 124k c. 1963
    Korean Navy photo from the 1964/1965 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Adrian Francis Werner, USCG - USCGA Class of 19356 November 1943 - 1944
    02LT Avrid E. Norman, USCGR1944 - 16 August 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

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