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Call sign:
Nan - William - Sugar - Mike


SC-655 served the Navies of the United States and France.

SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 11 October 1941 by the Westergard Boat Works, Biloxi, MS
  • Launched 12 May 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-655, 8 August 1942
  • Reclassified SC-655 in April 1943
  • Transferred to France 23 October 1944 and reclassified CH-144
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 148 t.
  • Length 110"
  • Beam 17'
  • Draft 6' 6"
  • Speed 15.6 kts.
  • Complement 28
  • Armament: One 40mm gun mount, two .50 cal. machine guns, two depth charge projector "Y Guns," and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 800bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    USS PC-655
    SC-655 147k SC-978 and SC-655 taking on supplies and provisions from the USS Brooklyn [CL 40] during the invasion of southern France
    National Archives photo from "Splinter Fleet" by Theodore R. Treadwell
    Robert Hurst
    FNS Chasseur 144
    257k Chasseur 121 (ex-SC-515), Chasseur 134 (ex-SC-666) and Chasseur 144 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-655
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