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Bisbee (PF 46)

Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - William - Peter


Bisbee served the Navies of the United States, the Soviet Union and Colombia

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-154
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-46, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down by the Consolidated Steel Co., Ltd., Los Angeles, CA
  • Launched 7 September 1943
  • Commissioned USS Bisbee (PF-46), 15 February 1944
  • Decommissioned 26 August 1945 at Cold Harbor, Alaska
  • Transferred 27 August 1945 to the Soviet Union and reclassified EK-17 under the Lend-Lease Program
  • Assigned to the Pacific Fleet 5 September 1945
  • Returned to U.S. custody 1 November 1949 at Yokosuka Navy Yard, Yokosuka, Japan
  • Recommissioned 18 October 1950
  • Decommissioned 20 October 1951
  • Transferred to Colombia 13 February 1952 under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program and renamed ARC Capitan Tono (F 06)
  • Reclassified F-12
  • Scrapped in 1963.


  • 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 vertical triple expansion J. Hendy Iron Works engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Bisbee (PF 46)
    Bisbee 94k 24 April 1944
    Off Coco Solo, Canal Zone
    National Archives photo 80-G-232334
    Mike Green
    Bisbee 186k Off San Pedro, California, on 23 May 1944
    National Archives photos 19-N-66003, 19-N-66004, 19-N-66005 and 19-N-66007
    Bisbee 209k
    Bisbee 304k
    Bisbee 319k
    Bisbee 58k c. September-October 1950
    Yokosuka Japan
    Paul Burket
    Crewmember 1950-51
    Bisbee 66k
    Bisbee 41k
    Bisbee 228k From the collection of Rigoberto Ramirez David Ramirez Molina
    ARC Capitan Tono (F 06)
    Bisbee 344k 24 July 1952
    Sasebo, Japan
    From the collection of Rigoberto Ramirez
    David Ramirez Molina
    ARC Capitan Tono (F 12)
    Bisbee 184k 6 July 1955
    Coco Solo, Canal Zone
    Naval History and Heritage Command photos NH 50604 and NH 81515
    Mike Green
    Bisbee 118k

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR John Peter German, USCG15 February 1944 - 17 December 1944
    02CDR Russell Cowan, USCG17 December 1944 - 1945
    03LT Irving C. Jernigan, USCGR1945 - 26 August 1945
    04LCDR William Franklin Gadberry, USN18 October 1950 - 20 October 1951
    Commanding Officers
    01Capitán de Corbeta (LCDR - Corvette Captain) Hernando Berón Victoria, Colombian Navy1952
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Joe Radigan and Bill Gadberry, Jr.

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