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USCGC Air Swallow (WAVR-469)
ex-USS SC-1297

Call sign:
Nan - Peter - Nan - Yoke


SC-1297 served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard.

SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 19 March 1943 PC-1297 by W. A. Robinson, Inc., Ipswich, Massachusetts
  • Reclassified SC-1297 in April 1943
  • Launched 2 September 1943
  • Commissioned USS SC-1297, 8 October 1943
  • Decommissioned in September 1945
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard 11 October 1945 and commissioned USCGC Air Swallow (WAVR-469)
  • Stationed at Morehead City, NC as an air-sea rescue vessel
  • Struck from the Naval Register 16 November 1945
  • Decommissioned 1 March 1946 for lay up at the Coast Guard Yard, Berkley, Portsmouth, VA
  • Sold 14 January 1948
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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-1297 117k Off Cape Henry, VA, 17 April 1944
    U.S. Navy photo NH 06489
    Naval Historical Center

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