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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Xray - Jig - Baker


SC-731 served the Navies of the United States and the Philippines

SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 11 April 1942 by the Hiltebrant Dry Dock Co., Kingston, NY
  • Launched 27 June 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-731, 1 December 1942
  • Reclassified SC-731 in April 1943
  • Struck from the Naval Register 25 February 1946
  • Transferred to the Philippines 2 July 1948 and named Cagayan (P 14)
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists transfer to the Philippines as March 1948
  • Scrapped.


  • Displacement 95 t.
  • Length 110' 10"
  • Beam 17'
  • Draft 6' 6" (fl)
  • Speed 15.6 kts.
  • Complement 28
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, one/two twin mount .50 cal. machine gun(s), two/three depth charge projector "K Guns", 14 depth charges with six single release chocks and two sets Mk20
    Mousetrap rails with four 7.2 projectiles
  • Propulsion: Two 800bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    SC-731 91k c. 1943
    Manila, Philippines
    From the collection of MSgt Norman Messenger, USAF, Ret. who served on board as a Quartermaster/Signalman
    CDR Norman K. Messenger, SC, USN, Ret.
    SC-749 110k c. 1944
    Milne Bay, New Guinea
    SC-731, SC-749, SC-648 and SC-637 nested together alongside their tender
    Alan Ross

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-731
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