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USCGC Manitowoc (PF 61)
ex-USS Manitowoc (PF-61)

Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Yankee - Zebra


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

Manitowoc served the Navies of the United States and France.

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) The first Manitowoc was originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-169
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-61, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 26 August 1943 under a Maritime Commission contract at Globe Shipbuilding Co., Superior, Wisconsin
  • Launched 30 November 1943 and sponsored by Mrs. Georgenson
  • Placed in service 24 October 1944
  • Placed out of service 24 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS Manitowoc (PF-61), 5 December 1944 at Boston, Massachusetts
  • Decommissioned 14 March 1946 at Boston and recommissioned USCGC Manitowoc (PF 61) the same day
  • Decommisisoned 3 September 1946 at New Orleans, LA and turned over to the State Departments Liquidation Commission
  • Sold to France 25 March 1947 and renamed Le Brix (F-15)
  • Scrapped in 1958.


  • Displacement 1,430 t.
  • Length 303' 11"(oa)
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 13' 8"
  • Speed 20.3 kts.
  • Complement 176
  • Armament: Three 3"/50 dual purpose mounts (For those frigates fitted out for weather patrol duty, the after 3-inch gun was removed and a weather balloon hanger was added aft), two twin 40mm mounts,
    nine 20mm mounts, one Hedgehog, eight depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500ihp Diamond Iron Works engines, two shafts.
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    Manitowoc 90k First day cover of launching Paul Petosky

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR James Alfred Martin, USCG5 December 1944 - 14 March 1946
    02LT Wesly L. Saunders, Sr., USCG14 March 1946 - 3 September 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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