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Sunk 23 August 1943

SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 26 March 1942 by the Daytona Beach Boat Works Inc., Daytona Beach, FL
  • Launched 6 August 1942
  • Commissioned PC-696, 25 November 1942
  • Reclassified SC-696 in April 1943
  • Bombed and sunk by German aircraft off Palermo, Italy 23 August 1943. (Navy Department Communique No. 464, September 14, 1943: On August 23, the USS Submarine Chaser 694 and the USS
    Submarine Chaser 696 were sunk as a result of enemy bombing. The next of kin of all casualties have been notified).


  • Displacement 148 t.
  • Length 110' 10"
  • Beam 17'
  • Draft 6' 6"
  • Speed 15.6 kts.
  • Complement 28
  • Armament: One 3"/23 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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    Size Image Description Source
    SC-696 113k Photo by R. H. Lesesne Studios, Daytona Beach, FL William Boynton
    SC-696 40k 23 November 1942
    Daytona Beach, FL
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-696
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