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Sandusky (PF 54)

Call sign:
November - Zulu - Xray - Alpha


Sandusky served the Navies of the United States, the Soviet Union and Japan

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as a Patrol Gunboat, PG-162
  • Redesignated a Patrol Frigate, PF-54, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 8 July 1943 under a Maritime Commission contract by Froemming Brothers Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Launched 5 October 1943
  • Commissioned USS Sandusky (PF-54), 18 April 1944 at New Orleans, LA
  • Decommissioned 12 July 1945 at Cold Harbor, Alaska
  • Transferred under the Lend-Lease Program 13 July 1945 to the Soviet Union and renamed EK-7
  • Assigned to the Pacific Fleet 23 July 1945
  • Participated in the landing of the landing in Yuki (Ungi), Japan 12 August 1945
  • Returned to U.S. custody 15 November 1949 at Yokosuka, Japan and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet at Yokosuka
  • Transferred on loan to the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) 26 February 1953 and renamed Nire (PF 287)
  • Struck From the Naval Register 1 December 1961
  • Transferred outright to Japan 28 August 1962
  • Reclassified as a Auxiliary Stock Craft, YAC-19, 31 March 1969
  • Decommissioned by JMSDF 31 March 1970
  • Returned to U.S. custody 9 June 1977
  • 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 steam engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Sandusky (PF 54)
    Allentown 123k Post card, postmarked 14 November 1943, Milwaukee, WI Paul Petosky
    USS Sandusky (PF 54)
    Sandusky 67k U.S. Coast Guard photo Coast Guard Cutter Website
    Sandusky 194k Photographed circa 1945-46
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974
    U.S. Navy photo NH 79000
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Nire (PF 287)
    Sandusky 47k Photo courtesy of Lieut-Commander G.R.G. Murray, RN from the 1961/1962 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships" Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Thomas Reece Sargent, III, USCG - USCGA Class of 1938
    Awarded the Legion of Merit (1965), the Bronze Star with combat "V" (1945) and the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (1968) - Served as Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard (1970)
    Retired as Vice Admiral
    18 April 1944 - May 1945
    02LT Ben M. Chiswell, Jr., USCGRMay 1945 - 12 July 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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