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Bayonne (PF 21)

Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Tare - Jig


Bayonne served the Navies of the United States, the Soviet Union and Japan

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1). Laid down as a Patrol Gunboat, PG-129 under a Maritime Commission contract at American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, Ohio
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-21, 15 April 1943
  • Launched 11 September 1943
  • Delivered and commissioned USS Bayonne (PF-21), 14 February 1945
  • Decommissioned 2 September 1945 at Cold Harbor, Alaska and transferred to the Soviet Union under the Lend-Lease Program and reclassified EK-24
  • Returned 14 November 1949
  • Recommissioned 28 July 1950 at Yokosuka, Japan
  • Decommissioned 31 January 1953
  • Loaned to Japan, 31 January 1953 under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program and renamed Buna (PF 294)
  • Reclassified as an Auxiliary Stock Craft, YAC-11, 1 February 1965
  • Decommissioned 31 March 1965
  • Returned to U.S. custody 27 June 1967
  • Scrapped in 1972.


  • Displacement 1,430 t.
  • Length 303' 11"
  • 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 240psi 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500ihp vertical triple expansion Koppers Co. engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Bayonne (PF 21)
    Bayonne 64k Under construction Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    USS Bayonne (PF 21)
    Bayonne 36k Joseph P. Heyde, RMC, USCG, Ret.
    Bayonne 129k Original photo: c. 1951
    U.S. Navy photo
    Replacement photo: Underway in Far Eastern waters, circa 1950-1953
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 56362
    Original photo: Wayne Schafer
    Replacement photo: Mike Green
    Bayonne 64k One eighth scale model made by Gilbert Yoffredo, Bayonne, NJ of the Bayonne Flotilla 2000 Committee Wayne Schafer

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Elmer Edward Comstock, USCG14 February 1945 - 2 September 1945
    02LCDR John Frank Miller, USN1952 - 31 January 1953
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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