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Albuquerque (PF 7)

Call sign:
Nan - Fox - Fox - Jig


Albuquerque served the Navies of the United States, the Soviet Union and Japan.

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally designated as Patrol Gunboat, PG-115
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-7, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down under Maritime Commission Contract, (MC hull 1425), by Kaiser Cargo Inc., Richmond, CA
  • Launched 14 September 1943
  • Commissioned USS Albuquerque (PF-7), 20 December 1943
  • Scuttled the stern section of the U.S. freighter John Straub with gunfire 18 April 1944 which hit a mine off Sanak Island, Aleutian Islands, AK and broke in two
  • Decommissioned 16 August 1945 at Cold Harbor, Alaska
  • Loaned to the Soviet Union 17 August 1945 under the Lend-Lease Program and reclassified EK-16
  • Returned to U.S. custody 15 November 1949 at Yokosuka, Japan and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Yokosuka
  • Recommissioned at Yokosuka 30 October 1950
  • Decommissioned 28 February 1953
  • Transferred on loan to Japan 30 November 1953 and renamed Tochi (PF 296)
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 December 1961
  • Returned briefly to U.S. Navy custody 28 August 1962 and almost simultaneously, the frigate was permanently transferred to Japan
  • Reclassified as an Auxiliary Stock Vessel, YAC-15, 31 March 1965
  • Decommissioned 31 March 1969
  • Returned to U.S. custody 9 July 1971
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 1,430 t.
  • Length, 303' 11"(oa)
  • 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 guns, one Hedgehog depth charge projector, eight Y-gun depth charge projectors, and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500ihp vertical triple expansion J. Hendy Iron Works engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Albuquerque 88k c. 1943
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 81377
    Robert Hurst
    Albuquerque 77k Broadside view off of San Francisco, Calif., 21 March 1944. She was at Mare Island Navy Yard 4 February 1944
    U.S. Navy photo 1826-44
    Darryl L. Baker
    Albuquerque 73k Forty-five degree off centerline view off of San Francisco, Calif., 7 February 1944
    U.S. Navy photo 913-44
    Albuquerque 341k Aft plan view of the Albuquerqueat Mare Island on 20 March 1944. She was at the shipyard from 9 March until 21 March 1944. The USS Denver (CL 58) is in the background
    U.S. Navy photo 1821-44
    Albuquerque 310k Forward plan view of the Albuquerque at Mare Island on 20 March 1944. She was at the shipyard from 9 March until 21 March 1944. The stern of the USS Denver (CL 58) is in
    the background
    U.S. Navy photo 1823-44
    Albuquerque 94k One hundred thirty-five degree view off of San Francisco, Calif. on 7 February 1944
    U.S. Navy photo 914-44
    Albuquerque 69k 20 May 1944 Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Wayne L. Goff, USCGR20 December 1943 - 6 October 1944
    02LT Robert C. Sweet, USCGR6 October 1944 - 16 August 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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