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Annapolis (PF 15)

Call sign:
Nan - Fox - Fox - Yoke


Annapolis served the Navies of the United States and Mexico.

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • Originally designated a Patrol Gunboat, PG-123
  • Redesignated as a Patrol Frigate, PF-15, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 20 May 1943 as a Maritime Commission type (S2-S2-AQ1) hull under a Maritime Commission contract at American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, OH
  • Launched 16 October 1943
  • Commissioned USS Annapolis (PF-15), 4 December 1944
  • Decommissioned 29 May 1946 at Seattle, WA
  • Struck from the Naval Register 19 June 1946
  • Custody transferred in November 1947 to U.S. State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission for disposal
  • Transferred to Mexico 24 November 1947 and renamed ARM General Vicente Guerrero
  • Renamed ARM Rio Usumacinta
  • Scrapped in 1964.


  • 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 type boilers, two 5,500ihp J. Hendy Iron Works vertical triple expansion steam engines, two shafts.
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    Annapolis (PF 15)
    Annapolis 68k Preparing for launching Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Annapolis 98k Being launched at the American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, OH, 16 October 1943
    U.S. Navy photo NH 66293
    Tom Kermen
    Annapolis 274k Immediately after launching 16 October 1943
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 66190
    Mike Green
    USS Annapolis (PF 15)
    Annapolis 206k Photo courtesy of QM2 Robert C. Granger, USCGR, via MCPOCG R. Jay Lloyd, USCG (Ret.) U.S. Coast Guard History website
    Annapolis 220k J. Franklin Bell (APA 16) is on the left
    Photo courtesy of QM2 Robert C. Granger, USCGR, via MCPOCG R. Jay Lloyd, USCG (Ret.)
    ARM General Vicente Guerrero
    Annapolis 57k Namesake: Vicente Guerrero - Vicente Ramón Guerrero Saldaña (August 10, 1782 – February 14, 1831) was one of the leading revolutionary generals of the Mexican War of Independence. He fought against Spain for independence in the early 19th century, and later served as President of Mexico, coming to power in a coup. He championed the cause of Mexico's common people, and abolished slavery during his brief term as president.[1] His execution in 1831 by the conservative government that ousted him in 1829 was a shock to the nation Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 18 March 2020
    ARM Rio Usumacinta
    Annapolis 47k c. 1953
    Mexican Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Annapolis 68k Mexican Navy photo from the 1958/1959 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR M. F. Garfield, USCG4 December 1944 - 14 December 1944
    02CDR H. R. Garfield, USCGR14 December 1944 - 29 May 1946
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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