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Gulfport (PF 20)

Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Tare - How


Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1). Laid down as Patrol Gunboat, PG-128 under a Maritime Commission Contract, by the American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, Ohio
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-20, 15 April 1943
  • Launched 21 August 1943
  • Delivered and commissioned USS Gulfport (PF-20), 16 September 1944 at Gulfport, MS
  • Decommissioned 28 May 1946 at Seattle, WA
  • Struck from the Navy Register 19 June 1946
  • Sold for scrap 13 November 1947 to the Zidell Ship Dismantling Co. of Seattle.


  • Displacement 1,430 t.
  • Length 303' 11"
  • 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 240psi 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500ihp verticle triple expansion Koppers Co. engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Discription Source
    Gulfport 87k . Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Gulfport 167k c. Fall 1945
    Adak, AK
    Steve Franklin

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR George Andrew Knudsen, USCG - Retired as Rear Admiral16 September 1944 - 11 February 1945
    02LCDR H. C. Reeves, USCGR11 February 1945 - 20 September 1945
    03LCDR William J. Dongian, USCGR20 September 1945 - 28 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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