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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., Cleveland, 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 Machinery and Supply Co., Portland, Oregon.


  • 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 vertical triple expansion Koppers Co. engines, two shafts.
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    Gulfport (PF 20)
    Gulfport 87k . Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    USS Gulfport (PF 20)
    Gulfport 167k c. Fall 1945
    Adak, AK
    Steve Franklin
    Gulfport (PF 20)
    Gulfport 282k 4 April 1948
    Gulfport, New Bedford (PF 71), and Orlando (PF 99) being dismantled at Zidell yard in Portland, Oregon. The hull in the rear is that of Roi (CVE 103)
    Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine

    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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