PC-461 Class, U.S. Submarine Chasers

Photograph of PC-461 sub chaser

National Archives. Via

Schematic diagram of PC-461 class submarine chaser

ONI 222


Tonnage 284 tons standard displacement
Dimensions 173'4" by 23' by 10'10"
52.83m by 7.01m by 3.30m
Maximum speed       21 knots
Complement 65
Armament 1 3"/50 AA gun
1 40mm Bofors AA guns
5 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
2 depth charge throwers
2 depth charge racks
2-shaft diesel

The PC-461s were completed in 1940-45.  They were designed as well-armed coastal antisubmarine warfare vessels, with an intended speed of 22 knots.  However, most never exceeded 18 knots, due to the Navy’s proclivity for loading them down with additional equipment.  They were relatively nimble but tended to roll in heavy seas, a tendency that never seemed to bother the U.S. Navy.

A total of about 362 steel-hulled patrol craft were constructed during the war.


Worth (2001)

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