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ex-Long Beach (PF 34)

Call sign:
November - Zulu - Victor - Victor


Long Beach served the Navies of the United States, the Soviet Union and Japan

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) The second Long Beach was laid down 19 March 1943 as Patrol Gunboat, PG-142 by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Wilmington, CA
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-34, 15 April 1943
  • Launched 5 May 1943
  • Commissioned USS Long Beach (PF-34), 8 September 1943
  • Decommissioned 12 July 1945 at Cold Harbor, Alaska, leased to the Soviet Union the same day and renamed EK-2
  • Assigned to the Pacific Fleet 23 July 1945
  • Participated in the landing of troops at Seisin, Japan 14 August 1945 and at Maoku 20 August 1945
  • Awarded the Guards Rank 26 August 1945
  • Returned to U.S. custody 17 February 1950 at Yokosuka, Japan
  • Loaned to Japan 30 November 1953 and renamed Shii (PF-17)
  • Name Long Beach canceled 15 February 1957 so it could be assigned to the nuclear propulsion guided missile cruiser CGN-9
  • Reclassified PF-297, 1 September 1957
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 December 1961
  • Transferred outright to Japan 28 August 1962
  • Was to be decommissioned in January 1967
  • Reclassified as an Auxiliary Service Craft, YAS-44, 31 March 1967
  • Decommissioned 31 March 1968
  • Returned to U.S. custody 12 July 1971 and reclassified PF-34
  • Scrapped.


  • Displacement 1,430 t. (lt), 2,415 t. (fl)
  • Length 303' 11"
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 13' 8"
  • Speed 20.3 kts.
  • Complement 214
  • Armament: Three 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts, two twin 40mm gun mounts, nine 20mm gun mounts, two depth charge tracks, eight depth charge projectors and one Hedgehog depth charge projector
  • Propulsion: Two 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500ihp J. Hendy Iron Works engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Long Beach (PF 34)
    Long Beach 23k U.S. Coast Guard photo Joe Radigan
    Long Beach 51k c. 1943 Courtesy USS Long Beach Reunion Association
    Long Beach 98k Underway in 1943
    Photo from the U.S. Coast Guard Collection in the U.S. National Archives
    Photo 26-G-12-21-43(3)
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo
    Robert Hurst
    Long Beach 83k EK-2 at anchor at an unidentified Soviet Far Eastern Fleet base
    Photo from "Raising The Red Banner: The Pictorial History of Stalin's Fleet 1920-1945" by Vladimir Yakubov and Richard Worth
    Robert Hurst
    Shii (PF 297)
    Long Beach 46k 25 November 1962
    Nagaura, Japan
    Photo from The Naval Data Base
    Robert Hurst
    Long Beach 32k 31 October 1965
    Kobe, Japan
    Photo from The Naval Data Base
    Long Beach 33k c. 1967

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Thomas Robley Midtlyng, USCG8 September 1943 - 1944
    02LCDR Warren H. Stafford, USCGR1944 - 12 July 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

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