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Dearborn (PF 33)

Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Uncle - Able


Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-141
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-33, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 15 August 1943 as Toledo under a Maritime Commission contract by the Walter Butler Shipbuilding Co., Superior, Wisconsin
  • Renamed Dearborn prior to launching
  • Launched 27 September 1943
  • Commissioned USS Dearborn (PF-33), 10 September 1944
  • Decommissioned 5 June 1946 at Charleston, SC
  • Sold for scrap 8 July 1947.


  • Displacement 1,430 t.
  • Length 303' 11"(oa)
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 13' 8"
  • Speed 20.3 kts.
  • Complement 176
  • Armament: Two 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 5,500 iHP Diamond Iron Works steam engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Dearborn 477k Newspaper clipping from the September 1944 edition of the Detroit Times Michael Mohl
    Photo added 29 September 2021
    Dearborn 73k Photo courtesy of Ships Cook 2/c, Fred E. Murrary Kevin Rauth, ETCS(SS), USN, Ret.
    Dearborn 64k In port, circa 1944-1945
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 78997
    Robert Hurst

    Launching Ceremony Program

    Contributed by Ron Reeves

    1. Cover signed by Dearborn Mayor Orville L. Hubbard

    2. City of Dearborn history

    3. Program of events

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Fred Furst Nichols, USCG10 September 1944
    02LCDR John Van B. Metts, Jr., USCGRAugust 1945 - 5 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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