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Alexandria (PF 18)

Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Tare - Fox


Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) The second Alexandria was originally designated Patrol Gunboat, PG-126
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-18, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 23 June 1943 under a Maritime Commission Contract at American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, Ohio
  • Launched 15 January 1944
  • Commissioned USS Alexandria (PF-18), 11 March 1945
  • Decommissioned 10 April 1946 at Norfolk, VA
  • Struck from the Navy Register 21 May 1946
  • Sold for scrap 18 April 1947 to the Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. of Chester, Pa.


  • Displacement 1,430 t.
  • Length, 303' 11" (oa)
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 13' 8"
  • Speed 20.3 kts.
  • Complement 190
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts (the after 3-inch gun was removed and a weather balloon hanger was added), 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 Beloit Iron Works vertical triple expansion steam engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Alexandria 71k . Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    USS Alexandria (PF 18)
    Alexandria 51k U.S. Coast Guard Photo U.S. Coast Guard Website
    Alexandria 197k Photo from David Pitlyk Tim Rizzuto
    Alexandria 90k Off Washington, D.C. in November 1945
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo from the U.S. Coast Guard Collection in the U.S. National Archives
    Photo 26-G-4828
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Cornelius Garret Houtsma, USCG - USCGA Class of 1938
    Retired as Captain
    11 March 1945 - 28 July 1945
    02LT Bache M. Whitlock, USCGR28 July 1945 - 20 October 1945
    03LT Aaron T. Leopard, USCGR20 October 1945 - 10 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Joe Radigan

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