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San Pedro (PF 37)

Call sign:
November - Zulu - Uniform - Echo


San Pedro 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-145
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-37, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 17 April 1943 under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1448), by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Wilmington, CA
  • Launched 11 June 1943
  • Commissioned USS San Pedro (PF-37), 23 October 1943
  • Decommissioned 12 July 1945 at Cold Harbor, Alaska, transferred under the Lend-Lease Program to the Soviet Union and renamed EK-5, 13 July 1945
  • Assigned to the Pacific Fleet 23 July 1945
  • Participated in the landings at Rasin (Najin), Korea 12 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 the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force 2 April 1953 and renamed Kaya (PF 288)
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 December 1961
  • Transferred outright to Japan, 28 August 1962
  • Reclassified as an Auxiliary Stock Craft, YAC-23
  • Decommissioned 1 April 1977
  • Returned to U.S. custody 26 July 1978
  • 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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    Size Image Description Source
    USS San Pedro (PF 37)
    San Pedro 187k c. 1943
    U.S. Navy Photo
    Joe Radigan
    San Pedro 86k c. 1943
    Anchored in San Pedro harbor
    Bureau of Ships photo from Allied Escort Ships of World War II by Peter Elliott
    Krlicbegovic Edib
    Bosnia & Hercegovina
    San Pedro 332k . Paul Silverstone
    USS San Pedro (PF 37)
    Glendale/San Pedro 146k c. 1951
    Yokosuka, Japan
    Inboard of Glendale (PF 36)
    U.S. Navy photo from the collection of N. A. "Stretch" Brown
    Carol Hipperson is the author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor & World War II in the Pacific (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martins Press, 2008); ISBN-10 031238694X and ISBN-13 978-0312386948. Check on for availability
    Carol Edgemon Hipperson
    Kaya (PF 288)
    San Pedro 269k 22 August 1958
    National Archives photos 80-G-1038176 and 80-G-1038178
    Tracy White
    San Pedro 413k
    San Pedro 160k c. 1963
    Photo by Elichi Aoki from the 1964/1965 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    San Pedro 35k 2 June 1967
    Kobe, Japan
    Photo from The Naval Data Base
    San Pedro 222k c. 1970
    Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force photo

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Charles Otis Ashley, USCG23 October 1943 - 1944
    02LCDR Harold L. Sutherland, USCGR1944 - 12 July 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Joe Radigan

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