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USCGC Air Martin (WAVR 438)
ex-USS SC-775

Call sign:
Nan - Xray - Sugar - Jig


SC-775 served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard

SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 12 June 1942 as PC-775 by The Peyton Co., Newport Beach, CA
  • Launched 28 November 1942
  • Reclassified SC-775 in April 1943
  • Commissioned USS SC-775, 30 July 1943
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard 27 March 1946 and commissioned USCGC Air Martin (WAVR 438)
  • Struck from the Naval Register 8 May 1946
  • Sold in 1950 to Arthur B. Church of Seattle, WA for use as a yacht and renamed Milmar
  • Acquired in 1956 by Cecil W. Drake of Pascagoula, MS for use as a fishing boat
  • Acquired in 1960 by Donald M. Delk of Tavernier, FL for use as a freighter
  • Stranded 3 March 1961 at Nicholls Town, Andros Island, Bahamas.


  • Displacement 103 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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    Size Image Description Source
    SC-775 40k Anchored off Guam Keith Griffin
    SC-1011 86k Underway with SC-1011
    National Archives photo
    Dan Treadwell

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Eldo F. Bunce, Jr., USNR30 July 1943
    02LTJG O. L. Bahle, USNR1945
    Courtesy of Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-775
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