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Charlottesville (PF 25)

Call sign:
November - Zulu - Victor - Foxtrot


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

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-133
  • Reclasified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-25, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 12 May 1943 under a Maritime Commission contract by the Walter Butler Shipbuilding Co., Superior, Wisconsin
  • Launched 30 July 1943
  • Commissioned USS Charlottesville (PF-25), 10 April 1944
  • Decommissioned 12 July 1945 at Cold Harbor, Alaska
  • Transferred under the Lend Lease Program 13 July 1945 to the Soviet Union and reclassified EK-1
  • Assigned to the Pacific Fleet 23 July 1945
  • Participated in the landing at Seisin, Japan 15 August 1945
  • Returned to U.S. custody 17 October 1949 at Yokosuka, Japan and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Yokosuka
  • Transferred on loan to Japan 14 January 1953 and named Matsu (PF 286)
  • Reclassified as an Auxiliary Service Craft, YAS-36, 31 March 1966
  • Decommissioned 31 March 1969
  • Returned to U.S. custody 12 July 1972
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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 J. Hendy Iron Works vertical triple expansion steam engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Charlottesville (PF 25)
    Charlottesville 73k c. 1944-1945
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974
    U.S. Navy photo NH 81379
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Charlottesville 107k Photo from "Pursuits of War: The People of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, in the Second World War" by Gertrude Dana Parlier and Others, Edited by W. Edwin Hemphill, published by the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, 1948 Robert Hurst
    Charlottesville 248k . Paul Silverstone
    JMSDF Matsu (YAS 36)
    Charlottesville/Matsu 36k 16 June 1966
    Niigata, Japan
    Naval Data Base

    Commanding Officers
    01LT William Frederick Cass, USCG10 April 1944
    02LCDR Ben D. Shoemaker, Jr., USCGR1945 - 12 July 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

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