Please Report Any Broken Links Or Trouble You Might Come Across To The Webmaster Please Take A Moment To Let Us Know So That We Can Correct Any Problems And Make Your Visit As Enjoyable And As Informative As Possible.

NavSource Online: Frigate Photo Archive

USS Corpus Christi (PF 44)
ex-USCGC Corpus Christi (PF 44)
ex-USS Corpus Christi (PF 44)

Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - William - Mike


Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-152
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-44, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 17 July 1943 under a Maritime Commission contract by the Consolidated Steel Corp, Ltd., Wilmington, CA
  • Launched 17 August 1943
  • Commissioned USS Corpus Christi (PF-44), 29 January 1944 at San Pedro, CA
  • Loaned to the Coast Guard 15 April 1946
  • Returned to U.S. Navy custody 5 July 1946
  • Decommissioned 2 August 1946
  • Sold 3 October 1947
  • 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 190
  • 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.
    Click on thumbnail
    for full size image
    Size Image Discription Source
    Corpus Christi 56k In port, c. 1945
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1971
    US Navy photo NH 74296
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR William Wilder Childress, USCG - Retired as Rear Admiral29 January 1944 - 4 August 1945
    02LT Charles H. Lavell, Jr., USCGR4 August 1945 - 2 August 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

    View the Corpus Christi (PF-44)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
    Back To The Main Photo Index Back To the Patrol Craft/Gunboat/Submarine Chaser Ship Index Back to the Patrol Gunboat (PG) Photo Index Back to the Patrol Frigate (PF) Photo Index

    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster

    This page created by Gary P. Priolo and maintained by Tom Bateman
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History