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Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - George - Victor


SC-977 served the Navies of the United States and France.

SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 26 April 1942 by Simms Bros., Dorchester, MA
  • Launched 10 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-977, 19 November 1942
  • Reclassified SC-977 in April 1943
  • On 16 December 1943 rescued survivors from the U.S. freighter John S. Copley that was torpedoed by the German submarine U-73 off Oran, Algeria
  • Transferred to France in March 1944 and reclassified CH-94
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 103 t.
  • Length 110' 10"
  • Beam 17'
  • Draft 6' 6" (fl)
  • Speed 15.6 kts.
  • Complement 27
  • Armament: One 40mm gun mount, one/two twin mount .50 cal. machine guns, 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 projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 800bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    SC-977 124k Launching Harold G. Simms, son of the builder, William E. Simms and nephew of Eric J. Simms - the Simms brothers
    SC-977 114k SC-977 and SC-978 after having just been launched with builder, William E. Simms and his wife
    Ruby in foreground.

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-977
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