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Call sign:
Nan - Able - Fox - Nan

SC-515 served the Navies of the United States and France.

SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Built by Elizabeth City Shipyard, Elizabeth City, NC
  • Laid down, 24 April 1941
  • Launched 20 September 1941
  • Commissioned USS PC-515, 16 April 1942
  • Reclassified SC-515, April 1943
  • Rescued 21 men from the US freighter James Robertson that was torpedoed by the German submarine U-185 off the coast of Brazil at 0400'S, 3600'W, 07 July 1943
  • Transferred to France as Chasseur 121, 10 October 1944
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 148 tons
  • Length 110' 10"
  • Beam 17'
  • Draft 6' 6"
  • Speed 15.6 knots
  • Complement 28
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, two .50 cal. machine guns, two depth charge projector "Y Guns," and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    USS PC-515
    257k Just after launching.
    Associated Press photo from the Washington, DC Evening Star, 22 September 1941
    Mike Mohl
    FNS Chasseur 121
    57k Two views of Chasseur 121 hauled out for repairs, date and location unknown. Not the unusual painted pennant number.
    French Navy photos courtesy of Jacques Druel
    Jacques Druel
    257k Chasseur 121, Chasseur 134 (ex-SC-666) and Chasseur 144 (ex-SC-655) decorated for Victory Day (08 May) at Cannes, exact year unknown.
    French Navy photos courtesy of Jacques Druel
    Jacques Druel

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-515
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