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Newport (PF 27)

Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Victor - Jig


Newport 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-135
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-27, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 5 June 1943 under a Maritime Commission contract at the Walter Butler Shipbuilding Co., Superior, Wisc.
  • Launched 15 August 1943
  • Completed and commissioned USS Newport (PF-27), 8 September 1944 at New Orleans, LA
  • Decommissioned 9 September 1945 at Cold Harbor, Alaska
  • Transferred under the Lend Lease Program to the Soviet Union 10 September 1945 as EK-28
  • Assigned to the Pacific Fleet 25 September 1945
  • Returned to U.S. custody 14 November 1949 at Yokosuka, Japan
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Yokosuka
  • Recommissioned 27 July 1950 at Yokosuka
  • Decommissioned 30 April 1952 at Yokosuka
  • Transferred on loan to the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force 1 October 1953 as Kaede (PF-13)
  • Reclassified PF-293, 1 September 1957
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 December 1961
  • Transferred outright to Japan 28 August 1962
  • Reclassified as an Auxiliary Service Craft, YAC-17, 31 March 1966
  • Decommissioned 31 March 1972
  • Returned to U.S. custody 20 May 1975
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 1,430 t.
  • Length, 303' 11" (oa)
  • 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 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500ihp York Ice Machine Corp. vertical triple expansion steam engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Newport 150k Photo courtesy of Roger L. Myers, WWII crew member Jacqueline Snow
    Newport 83k Moored to a buoy, as commissioned circa 1944-1945
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 75530
    Mike Green
    Newport 165k c. 1953
    Laid up at Yokosuka, Japan
    Louis N. Murray

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR George Irving Holt, USCG8 September 1944 - 4 September 1945
    02LCDR Percy Anthony Lilly, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1941
    Awarded the Legion of Merit (1967) - Retired as Captain
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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