quinta-feira, 21 de outubro de 2010



(dp. 280; l. 173'8"; b. 23'; dr. 6'6" (mean); s. 22 k.; cpl. 65; a. 18", 1 40mm., 3 20mm., 2 dct.;)

"Malone (PC‑553) was laid down as PC‑553 by Sullivan Dry Dock & Repair Co., Brooklyn, N.Y., 20 December 1941; launched 30 May1942; sponsored by Miss Marjorie M. McAllister; and commissioned at New York Navy Yard 12 October 1942, Ens. Benjamin T. Fairchild, USNR, in command.

On 12 November PC‑558 got underway for shakedown off Boston, Mass. She returned to New York for patrol and escort duty with the eastern sea frontier based at Tompkinsville, Staten Island, into late 1943.

PC‑553 sailed for Norfolk, Va., 21 December, arriving 2 days later. On 5 January 1944 she departed Norfolk in convoy, reaching Horta, Azores, the 17th to report for duty with the 12th Fleet. The submarine chaser spent the next year supporting the European war with patrol, escort, and supply operations out of Dartmouth, Plymouth, and Devon, England. After the German surrender of 7 May 1945, PC‑553 got underway 6 June in convoy from Le Havre, France, for the east coast, arriving Key West, Fla., in late June."

in - Naval Historical Center

Photos - Navsource (E.J. Comeau)

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