Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online:
Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - How - Jig


SC-978 served the Navies of the United States and France.

SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 9 May 1942 by Simms Brothers, Dorchester, MA
  • Launched 10 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-978, 8 December 1942
  • Reclassified SC-978 in April 1943
  • During 1943, SC-978 was commanded by B. W. Pattridge, Jr. She operated in the Caribbean for a few months and then crossed the Atlantic to Africa, Sicily and Italy. She also served at Anzio and the
    South of France and remained in the european combat zone for a major portion of her career with the U.S. Navy
  • Transferred to France 26 October 1944 and reclassified CH-145
  • 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.
    Click on thumbnail
    for full size image
    Size Image Description Source
    SC-977 182k SC-977 and SC-978 after having just been launched with builder, William E. Simms and his wife Ruby
    in foreground
    Harold G. Simms, son of the builder, William E. Simms and nephew of Eric J. Simms - the Simms brothers
    SC-655 147k SC-978 and SC-655 taking on supplies and provisions from the USS Brooklyn [CL 40] during the invasion of southern France
    National Archives photo from "Splinter Fleet" by Theodore R. Treadwell
    Robert Hurst
    SC-978 114k c. July 1943
    Coming alongside the destroyer Buck (DD 420) en route to the invasion of Sicily
    National Archives photo
    Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-978
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
    Back To The Main Photo Index Back To the Patrol Craft/Gunboat/Submarine Chaser Ship Index Back to the 110' Submarine Chaser (SC) Photo Index

    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster

    This page created by Joseph M. Radigan and maintained by Tom Bateman
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History