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Coronado (PF 38)

Call sign:
November - Zulu - Whiskey - Delta


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

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) The first Coronado was originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-146
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-38, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 6 May 1943 under a Maritime Commission contract at Consolidated Steel Corp., Los Angeles, CA
  • Launched 17 June 1943
  • Commissioned USS Coronado (PF-38), 17 November 1943
  • Decommissioned 12 July 1945 at Cold Harbor, Alaska
  • Transferred under the Lend-Lease Program to the Soviet Union and reclassified EK-8, 13 July 1945
  • Assigned to the Pacific Fleet 23 July 1945
  • Participated in the landing at Seisin (Chongjin), Korea 15 August 1945
  • Returned to U.S. custody 16 October 1949 at Yokosuka, Japan and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Yokosuka
  • Transferred on loan under the Mutual Assistance Program to the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force and renamed Sugi (PF 285), 14 January 1953
  • Decommissioned 31 March 1969
  • Returned to U.S. custody 9 July 1971
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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
    Coronado 336k 22 August 1954
    National Archives photos 80-G-1038202, 80-G-1038203 and 80-G-1038205
    Tracy White
    Coronado 358k
    Coronado 219k
    Coronado 52k c. 1954 Robert Hurst
    Coronado 47k c. 1956
    Photo courtesy of Lieut.-Co,. G. R. G. Murray, RN from the 1956/1957 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Ned Weckesser Sprow, USCG - Retired as Rear Admiral17 November 1943
    02LT E. H. Burt, Jr., USCGR12 July 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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