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Uniontown (PF 65)
ex-Chattanooga (PF 65)

Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Zebra - Dog


Uniontown served the Navies of the United States and Argentina.

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-173
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-65, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 21 April 1943 under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1489) at Leathem D. Smith Shipyard, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
  • Launched as Chattanooga 7 August 1943
  • Renamed Uniontown 16 August 1944 to free the name Chattanooga for the Light Cruiser, CL-118
  • Commissioned USS Uniontown (PF-65), 6 October 1944 at New Orleans, LA
  • Decommissioned 20 December 1945 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth VA
  • Struck from the Naval Register 8 January 1946
  • Turned over to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission
  • Sold in July 1947 to Argentina, renamed ARA Sarandi (P 33) and served until 1968
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists sale date as June 1946
  • Dropped from Jane's Fighting Ships by 1982
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 1,430 t.
  • Length 303' 11" (oa)
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 13' 8"
  • Speed 20.3 kts.
  • Complement 214
  • 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
    After 3-inch gun was removed in June 1945 and a weather balloon hanger was added. Armament in Argentine Navy was two 4.1" mounts, eight 40mm mounts, one Hedgehog and six depth
    charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500 iHP Valley Iron Works engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Chattanooga (PF 65)
    Uniontown 78k Launching, at the Leathem D. Smith Shipyard, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, 7 August 1943
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 79078
    Mike Green
    Uniontown (PF 65)
    Reading 335k 28 August 1943
    Leathem D. Smith Shipyard, Sturgeon Bay, WI
    Launching of Reading (PF 66). Knoxville (PF 64) is moored outboard of Uniontown on the left and an unidentified Submarine Chaser is on the right
    Michael Cosgrove
    USS Uniontown (PF 65)
    Uniontown 30k Ken Laesser
    ARA Sarandi (P 33)
    Uniontown 134k c. 1947
    New York
    Port side to ARA Heronia (P 32), ex-Reading (PF 66) awaiting delivery to Argentina
    Robert Hurst
    Uniontown 162k
    Uniontown 33k c. 1960

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Richard E. Morell, USCG6 October 1944
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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