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Knoxville (PF 64)

Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Xray - King


Knoxville served the Navies of the United States and the Dominican Republic

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-172
  • Redesignated a Patrol Frigate, PF-64, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 15 April 1943 under a Maritime Commission contract by the Leathem D. Smith Shipyard, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
  • Launched 10 July 1943
  • Commissioned USS Knoxville (PF-64), 29 April 1944
  • Decommissioned 13 June 1946 at Charleston, SC and turned over to the State Department Liquidation Commission
  • Sold 22 September 1947 to the Dominican Republic and renamed Presidente Peynado (F 104)
  • Renamed Captain General Pedro Santana in 1962
  • Reclassified F-453 in 1968
  • Scrapped in 1979.


  • 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 depth charge projector, eight depth charge projectors, and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500ihp J. Hendy Iron Works engines, two shafts.
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    Knoxville (PF 64)
    Reading 335k 28 August 1943
    Leathem D. Smith Shipyard, Sturgeon Bay, WI
    Launching Reading (PF 66). Knoxville is moored outboard of Chattanooga (PF 65), later Uniontown on the left and an unidentified Submarine Chaser is on
    the right
    Michael Cosgrove
    USS Knoxville (PF 64)
    Knoxville 98k Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Knoxville 98k U.S. Coast Guard photo Joe Radigan
    Knoxville 98k c. 1944
    Courtesy of Mr. Donald M. McPherson, Corte Madera, California, 1972
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 77100
    Dean Ferber
    Captain General Pedro Santana (F 453)
    Knoxville 236k c. 1969
    Dominican Navy photo from the 1969/1970 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships"
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR George Richard Reynolds, USCG29 April 1944
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Joe Radigan

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