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USCGC Hutchinson (PF 45)
ex-USS Hutchinson (PF 45)

Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Uncle - Sugar


Hutchinson served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard.

Hutchinson served the Navies of the United States and Mexico.

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-153
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-45, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down under a Maritime Commission contract by the Consolidated Steel Corp, Ltd., Los Angeles, CA
  • Launched 27 August 1943
  • Commissioned USS Hutchinson (PF-45), 3 February 1944
  • Decommissioned 15 April 1946, loaned to the Coast Guard and commissioned USCGC Hutchinson (PF 45) the same day
  • Decommissioning 27 September 1946 at Seattle, WA
  • Struck from the Navy Register 29 October 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission 24 November 1947, sold to Mexico and renamed ARM California
  • Scrapped in June 1964.


  • Displacement 1,430 t.
  • Length, 303' 11"(oa)
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 13' 8"
  • Speed 20 kts.
  • Complement 190
  • Armament: Three 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts (aft gun removed and a weather balloon hanger was added), four twin 40mm gun mounts, nine 20mm guns, one Hedgehog depth charge projector; eight
    Y-gun depth charge projectors, two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500ihp vertical triple expansion J. Hendy Iron Works engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Hutchinson (PF 45)
    Hutchinson 115k . Hal Bleiweiss
    Hutchinson 43k Underway, probably circa February 1946, after being converted for weather reporting service
    Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1976
    U.S. Navy photo NH 84721
    Naval Historical Center
    ARM California
    Hutchinson 53k c. 1950 Robert Hurst
    Hutchinson 119k c. 1956
    Mexican Navy photo from Janes Fighting Ships

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Carl Henry Stober, USCG3 February 1944 - 17 October 1944
    02LCDR Edward H. Houghtaling, USCG17 October 1944
    Courtesy of Craig Houghtaling and Joe Radigan

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