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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Baker - George - Uncle


SC-537 served the Navies of the United States and the Soviet Union

SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 29 April 1941 by the Peterson Boat Works, Sturgeon Bay, WI
  • Launched 21 March 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-537, 5 May 1942
  • Reclassified SC-537, 8 April 1943
  • Transferred to the Soviet Union 25 May 1945 and reclassified BO-304
  • Joined the Pacific Fleet 8 June 1945
  • Took part in the 14 August 1945 Soviet amphibious landings at Chongjin, North Korea
  • Placed out of service 1 February 1954
  • Subsequently scrapped.


  • Displacement 95 t.
  • Length 110' 10"
  • Beam 17'
  • Draft 6' 6" (fl)
  • Speed 21 kts.
  • Complement 28
  • Armament: One 40mm gun mount, one/two twin mount .50 cal. machine guns, two/three depth charge projector "K Guns", 14 depth charges with six single release chocks, and two sets Mk 20 Mousetrap
    rails with four 7.2 projectiles
  • Propulsion: Two 1,540bhp General Motors (Electro-Motive Div.) 16-184A diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS PC-537
    SC-537 93k . Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    SC-537 91k U.S. Coast Guard photo Joe Radigan
    USS SC-537
    SC-537 84k National Archives photo T. R. Treadwell
    Splinter Fleet website

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-537
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
    "Subchaser in the South Pacific"
    by J. Henry Doscher, CAPT, USN, Ret.

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