USS PGM-9

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History
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Name:PGM-9
Builder: Consolidated Ship Building Corp.
Laid down: 19 December 1943
Launched: 13 February 1944
Commissioned: 1 July 1944
Decommissioned: 10 December 1945
Struck: 3 January 1946
Identification: Ship International Radio Callsign: NITT
Fate: Scrapped 1945
General characteristics
Class and type: PGM-9-class motor gunboat
Displacement: 450 tons
Length: 173 ft 8 in (52.93 m)
Beam: 23 ft (7.0 m)
Draft: 10 ft 10 in (3.30 m)
Propulsion: 2 x 1,440 bhp (1,070 kW) General Motors 16-278A diesel engines
Speed: 20.2 knots (37.4 km/h; 23.2 mph)
Complement: 65
Armament:

USS PGM-9 was a PGM-9-classmotor gunboat in service with the United States Navy during World War II.

<i>PGM-9</i>-class motor gunboat

The PGM-9-class motor gunboats were a class of 24 gunboats converted for the United States Navy from 1944-1945, succeeding the PGM-1-class motor gunboats. All 24 PGM-9s were converted from PC-461-class submarine chasers while still under construction. The PGM-9s were created to support PT boats in the Pacific, but were too slow to keep up, and were shifted to support minesweeping ships instead.

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Ship history

Laid down by Consolidated Ship Building Corp. on 19 December 1943, as PC-1548, she was launched on 13 February 1944. On 1 July 1944, she was commissioned into naval service. She underwent a conversion to a Motor Gunboat on 4 February 1944, and was renamed PGM-9, re-entering service shortly thereafter.

Ships fate

On 9 October 1945, at Buckner Bay, Okinawa, in Typhoon Louise PGM-9 ran aground on Hira Sone Reef at 15:11. At 15:45, all personnel safely crossed to YF-744 which had grounded alongside.

Effectively put out of commission due to damage from running aground, she remained grounded on the reef and was decommissioned on 10 December 1945. PGM-9 was demolished 17 days later on 27 December 1945, and finally struck from the Naval Register on 3 January 1946.

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