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Evansville (PF 70)

Call sign:
November - Zulu - Xray - Quebec


Evansville served the Navies of the United States, the Soviet Union and Japan.

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) The second Evansville was originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-178
  • Redesignated as a Patrol Frigate, PF-70, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 28 August 1943 under a Maritime Commission contract at Leathem D. Smith Shipyard, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
  • Launched 27 November 1943
  • Commissioned USS Evansville (PF-70), 4 December 1944
  • Transferred to the Soviet Union under the Lend-Lease Program 4 September 1945 and named EK-30
  • Decommissioned 9 September 1945 at Cold Harbor, Alaska
  • Soviet custody assumed 10 September 1945
  • Assigned to the Pacific Fleet 25 September 1945
  • Returned to U.S. custody at Yokosuka, Japan 17 February 1950 and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Yokosuka
  • Recommissioned 29 July 1950
  • Decommissioned 28 February 1953
  • Transferred under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program to the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force 31 October 1953 and named Keyaki (PF 295)
  • Reclassified as an Auxiliary Stock Vessel, YAC-21, 31 March 1970
  • Decommissioned 31 March 1976
  • Returned to U.S. custody 15 October 1976
  • Scrapped in 1977.


  • 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 Diamond Iron Works engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Evansville (PF 70)
    Evansville 95k Post card, postmarked 27 November 1943, Sturgeon Bay, WI Paul Petosky
    USS Evansville (PF 70)
    Evansville 39k . Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Evansville 113k c. November 1951
    Coming alongside USS Chara (AKA 58) in Korean waters
    Photo from the collection of Wilbur "Casey" Karsten served on the USS Chara (AKA-58) from July 1951 to November 1952
    David Kusel
    Keyaki (PF 295)
    Evansville 42k c. 1961
    Shown as flagship, with deckhouse behind aft mast
    Photo by Hajime Fukaya from the 1961/1962 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships"
    Robert Hurst
    Evansville 111k c. 1966
    Photo from the 1967/1968 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships"
    Mike Green

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Gerald Tillman Applegate, USCG4 December 1944 - 9 September 1945
    02LT George Raymond Bryan, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 19431951 - 28 February 1953
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

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