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USCGC Air Parakeet (WAVR 442)
ex-USS SC-989

Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - Love - Tare


SC-989 served both the U. S. Navy and U. S. Coast Guard

SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 9 December 1942 as PC-989 by John E. Matton and Sons, Inc., Cohoes, NY
  • Reclassified SC-989 in April 1943
  • Launched 25 June 1943
  • Commissioned USS SC-989, 2 August 1943 under the command of LTJG Francis A. Mulhern, USNR
  • Decommissioned 30 July 1945
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard 30 October 1945 and commissioned USCGC Air Parakeet (WAVR 442)
  • Sold 8 April 1948 to the Donn-Mill Co. of Washington, DC for use as a freighter and named Milbon
  • Acquired in 1949 by the Laurel Boat Co., Inc. of Washington, DC
  • Acquired in 1950 by the Condenser Service and Engineering Co., Inc. of Hoboken, NJ
  • Operated in 1954 under the Colombian flag
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 111 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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