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Gloucester (PF 22)

Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Victor - Charlie


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

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) The second Gloucester was laid down as Patrol Gunboat, PG-130 under a Maritime Commission Contract, by the Walter Butler Shipbuilding Co., Superior, Wisconsin
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-22, 15 April 1943
  • Launched 12 July 1943
  • Commissioned USS Gloucester (PF-22), 10 December 1943
  • Decommissioned 3 September 1945
  • Transferred 4 September 1945 under the Lend Lease Program to the Soviet Union at Cold Harbor, Alaska and reclassified EK-26
  • Returned to U.S. custody 31 October 1949 at Yokosuka, Japan and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Yokosuka
  • Recommissioned 11 October 1950 at Yokosuka
  • Decommissioned 15 September 1952
  • Transferred on loan to Japan 1 October 1953 and named Tsuge (PF-292)
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 December 1961
  • Permanent custody transferred to Japan in March 1962
  • Decommissioned 31 March 1968
  • Returned to U.S. custody 31 March 1969
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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 verticle triple expansion J. Hendy Iron Works engines, two shafts.
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    Gloucester (PF 22)
    Gloucester 51k 12 July 1943
    Photo from University of Wisconsin-Madison Digital Library
    Donated by Kenneth E. Thro
    John Spivey
    Photo added 5 June 2021
    USS Gloucester (PF 22)
    Gloucester 67k
    Gloucester 97k c. 1944
    National Archives photo from Allied Escort Ships of World War II by Peter Elliott
    Krlicbegovic Edib
    Bosnia & Hercegovina
    Tacoma 330k 16 January 1952
    Han Estuary, South Korea
    Along side the repair ship USS Jason (ARH-1). The Jason was the flagship of Service Squadron Three which supplied mobile logistic support for United Nations’ naval units. The ships fantails visible are: (L-R) the Australian Bay-class frigate HMAS Murchison (F 442); the Colombian Tacoma-class frigate Almirante Padilla (FG 51), ex-USS Groton (PF 29); the Tacoma-class frigate Gloucester, and the South Korean Tacoma-class frigate Taedong (PF-63), ex-USS Tacoma (PF 3)
    U.S. Navy photo
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LT J. C. Dickinson, USCGR? - 4 September 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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