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Carson City (PF 50)

Call sign:
November - Zulu - Yankee - Papa


Carson City served the Navies of the United States, the Union of Socialist Republic's and Japan

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as a Patrol Gunboat, PG-158
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-50, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 28 September 1943 under a Maritime Commission contract at Consolidated Steel Corp, Ltd., Wilmington, CA
  • Launched 13 November 1943
  • Commissioned USS Carson City (PF-50), 24 March 1944
  • Decommissioned 29 August 1945 at Cold Harbor, Alaska
  • Transferred under the Lend-Lease Program 30 August 1945 to the Soviet Union and reclassified EK-20
  • Assigned to the Pacific Fleet 5 September 1945
  • Returned to U.S. custody 31 October 1949 at Yokosuka, Japan
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet at Yokosuka
  • Transferred on loan to the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force 30 April 1953 and renamed Sakura (PF 290)
  • Reclassified as an Auxiliary Stock Craft, YAC-16, 31 March 1966
  • Decommissioned 31 March 1971
  • Returned to U.S. custody 6 August 1971
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 1,430 t.
  • Length 303' 11"(oa)
  • 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 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500 iHP J. Hendy Iron Works engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Carson City 90k In the Aleutians, circa 1944-45
    National Archives photo 26-G-4810
    Naval History and Hertiage Command
    Carson City 90k c. 1945
    In Alaskan waters
    Oil painting by Wayne Scarpaci
    Art by Wayne

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Harold Bateman Roberts, USCG24 March 1944 - 18 December 1944
    02LT Robert L. Barbee, USCGR18 December 1944 - 1945
    03LT Thomas B. Taylor, USCGR1945 - 26 August 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Joe Radigan

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