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Davenport (PF 69)

Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Zebra - How


Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-177
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-69, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 7 August 1943 under a Maritime Commission contract at Leathem D. Smith Shipyard, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
  • Launched 8 December 1943
  • Commissioned USS Davenport (PF-69), 15 February 1945 at the Tennessee Coal and Iron Co., Houston, TX
  • Decommissioned 4 February 1946 at Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA
  • Sold 6 June 1946
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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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    Davenport (PF 69)
    Davenport 112k Postcard, postmarked 8 December 1943, Sturgeon Bay, WI Paul Petosky
    USS Davenport (PF 69)
    Davenport 81k Commissioning Program photo Vincent A. Grobbel, BM1/c, USCG
    via Mike Grobbel
    Davenport 58k Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Davenport 117k Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, 20 June 1945
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 82145
    Mike Green
    Davenport 74k 26 June 1945
    In Charleston Harbor as she left Charleston Navy Yard bound for Argentia, Newfoundland
    Mike Grobbel

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Henry Florain Stolfi, USCG - USCGA Class of 1930
    Retired as Captain
    15 February 1945
    02LT David E. Oaksmith, USCGR16 May 1945
    03LCDR Warren F. Barnes, USCG10 November 1945 - 4 February 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Mike Grobbel and Joe Radigan

    View the Davenport (PF-69)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
    Additional Resources
    USS Davenport (PF 69) Website
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