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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 S2-S2-AQ1)
  • Built by Leathem D. Smith Shipyard, Sturgeon Bay, WI (YN 307)
  • Laid down under Maritime Commission Contract, (MC hull 1488) as Patrol Gunboat PG-111, 15 April 1943
  • Reclassified Patrol Frigate PF-64, 15 April 1943
  • Launched, 10 July 1943
  • Commissioned USS Knoxville (PF-64), 29 April 1944
  • Decommissioned at Charleston, SC and turned over to the State Department Liquidation Commission, 13 June 1946
  • Sold to the Dominican Republic and renamed Presidente Peynado (F 104), 22 September 1947
  • Renamed Captain General Pedro Santana, 1962
  • Renumbered F 453, 1968
  • Final disposition, scrapped 1979
    Displacement 1,430 tons (lt), 2,415 tons (fl)
    Length 303' 11"
    Beam 37' 6"
    Draft 13' 8"
    Speed 20.3 knots
    Complement 190
    Armament Three 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts, two twin 40mm gun mounts, nine 20mm gun mounts, two depth charge tracks, eight depth charge projectors and one depth charge projector (hedgehog)
    Propulsiontwo vertical triple expansion steam engines
    two 240psi 3-drum express boilers
    two shafts, 5,500ihp

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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 Underway circa 1944.
    Courtesy of Mr. Donald M. McPherson, Corte Madera, California, 1972
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 77100
    Dean Ferber
    Knoxville 98k Knoxville operating as a weather ship in the Atlantic after V-E Day. Her her bridge was painted yellow to make her more visible to aircraft.
    U.S. Coast Guard photo
    Joe Radigan / Aryeh Wetherhorn
    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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