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USCGC Air Jay (WAVR 431)
ex-USS SC-711

Call sign:
Nan - Xray - Charlie - Uncle

ex-USS PC-711

SC-711 served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard

SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 8 April 1942 by Dooley's Basin and Drydock Co., Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Launched 17 October 1942
  • Delivered 2 January 1943 and commissioned USS PC-711
  • Reclassified SC-711 in April 1943
  • Decommissioned 9 October 1945, transferred to the Coast Guard and commissioned USCGC Air Jay (WAVR 431)
  • Acquired in 1953 by A. Frank Amory of Hampton, VA for use as a fishing boat and renamed North Sea
  • Acquired in 1961 by North Sea, Inc. of Phoebus, VA
  • Acquired in November 1968 by the Mar Cin Corp. of Gloucester Point, VA and renamed Captain John
  • Renamed Capt'n Johnie
  • Out of documentation in 1991
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 105 t.
  • Length 110' 10"
  • Beam 17'
  • Draft 6' 6"
  • Speed 21 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 1,540bhp General Motors (Electro-Motive Div.) 16-184A diesel engines, two shafts.
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    SC-711 224k c. 1943/1945
    Moored outboard of an unidentified Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper
    Photo from the collection of LTJG Richard L. Bigelow, Jr., USNR
    Rick Bigelow

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Edwin P. Wormington, USNR2 January 1943
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-711
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