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Motor Gunboat/Patrol Gunboat Photo Archive


PC-1567 call sign:
Nan - Item - Victor - Xray

PGM-31 served the Navies of the United States and the Republic of China

PGM-9 Class Motor Gunboat:

  • Laid down 18 July 1944 as PC-1567 by the Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI
  • Reclassified as a Motor Gunboat, PGM-31, 16 August 1944
  • Launched 23 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS PGM-31, 17 January 1945
  • Participated in Operation Crossroads in 1946
  • Placed in service in January 1947 as a Naval Reserve training ship assigned the the 8th Naval District (New Orleans)
  • Transferred to the Republic of China in March 1954 and named Chu Kiang (P 117)
  • Dropped from Jane's Fighting Ships in 1982
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 280 t.(lt) 450 t.(fl)
  • Length 173' 8"
  • Beam 23
  • Draft 10' 10"
  • Speed 20.2 kts.
  • Complement 65
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount, one twin 40mm gun mount, six 20mm guns, one twin .50 cal. machine gun andone 60mm mortar
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp General Motors 16-278A diesel engines, Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PGM-31 96k c. September 1944 Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Chu Kiang (P 117)
    PGM-31 106k Chu Kiang (P 117)
    Chinese Navy photo
    Original photo: Chinese Navy
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    PGM-31 46k Photo by Georgio Arra from the 1961/1962 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships" Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG J. L. DeBlock, USNR1946
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PGM-31
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association

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