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Courtesy of Mike Smolinski

Burlington (PF 51)

Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - William - William


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

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) The first Burlington was originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-159
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-51, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down under a Maritime Commission contract by the Consolidated Steel Corp, Ltd., Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched 7 December 1943
  • Commissioned USS Burlington (PF-51), 3 April 1944
  • Decommissioned 26 August 1945 at Cold Harbor, Alaska
  • Transferred under the Lend-Lease Program to the Soviet Union 27 August 1945 and reclassified EK-21
  • Assigned to the Pacific Fleet 5 September 1945
  • Returned to U.S. custody 14 November 1949 at Yokosuka, Japan and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Yokosuka
  • Recommissioned 5 January 1951 at Yokosuka
  • Placed out of commission in reserve at Yokosuka, 15 September 1952
  • Transferred to Colombia and renamed ARC Almirante Brion (F 14), 26 June 1953
  • Scrapped in 1968.


  • Displacement 1,430 t.
  • Length 303' 11"(oa)
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 13' 8"
  • Speed 20.3 kts.
  • Complement 194
  • Armament: Three 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts (aft 3"/50 was removed and replaced with a weather balloon hanger), 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 - three drum expansion boilers, two 5,500 iHP J. Hendy Iron Works vertical triple expansion engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Burlington (PF 51)
    Burlington 91k Original photo: c. January 1945
    National Archives photo from Allied Escort Ships of World War II by Peter Elliott
    Replacement photo: National Archives photo 19-N-84269
    Original photo: Krlicbegovic Edib
    Bosnia & Hercegovina
    Replacement photo: Robert M. Cieri
    Burlington 117k Moored at San Francisco, 10 February 1945, ahead of USS Long Island (CVE-1), the U.S. Navy’s first escort carrier
    National Archives photo 19-N-84273
    Mike Green
    Burlington 67k With the national ensign and signal flags snapping in a brisk breeze and some of her crew standing as if posing for the photographer, the Burlington steams in San Francisco Bay on 16 February 1945, shortly before sailing for the Aleutian Islands
    National Archives photo 19-N-84270
    Almirante Brion (F 14)
    Burlington 149k "New Colombian Frigate -- While a Navy band plays and the last group of American sailors prepares to disembark, Colombian crew members assemble before boarding their new ship, the patrol frigate Almirante Brion. The former USS Burlington (PF-51) was transferred from the United States Government to the Government of Colombia in ceremonies at the Yokosuka Naval Base on June 26, 1953." Photograph and caption were released by Commander Naval Forces, Far East, under date of 2 July 1953
    Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the "All Hands" collection at the Naval Historical Center.
    US Navy Photo NH 97178
    Naval Historical Center
    Burlington 82k Off Oahu, T.H., 2 May 1954, looking little changed from her days under the Stars and Stripes
    National Archives photo 80-G-63844
    Mike Green
    Burlington 142k 6 July 1955
    Coco Solo, Canal Zone
    Naval History and Heritage Command photos NH 81518 and NH 81519
    Burlington 154k
    Burlington 50k c. 1956
    Colombian Navy photo from the 1956/1957 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    Burlington 52k c. 1965

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Edgar Vigo Carlson, USCG3 April 1944
    02LT B. W. Cook, USCGR? - 26 August 1945
    Commanding Officers
    01Capitán de Corbeta (LCDR - Corvette Captain) Carlos Prieto Silva, Colombian Navy1953
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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