Allied Warships

USS Hutchinson (PF-45)

Frigate of the Tacoma class

USS Hutchinson (PF-45). US Navy photo NH 84721.

NavyThe US Navy
Built byConsolidated Steel Corp. (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.) 
Ordered8 Dec 1942 
Laid down28 Jul 1943 
Launched27 Aug 1943 
Commissioned3 Feb 1944 
End service15 Apr 1946 

Decommissioned 15 April 1946.
Transferred to the United States Coast Guard and commissioned into the Coast Guard the same day.
Decommissioned by the coast Guard on 27 September 1946.
Stricken 29 October 1946.
Sold to Mexico on 24 November 1947 being renamed California.


Commands listed for USS Hutchinson (PF-45)

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1Carl Henry Stober, USCGR3 Feb 194417 Oct 1944 (1)

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Notable events involving Hutchinson include:

12 Jan 1945
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Fremantle for her 7th war patrol (6th in the Far East and 3rd in the South-West Pacific area). She was ordered to patrol off Singapore. She was also to perform air/sea rescue duties in that area. Before proceeding on patrol she conducted exercises together with HMS Spark (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) and HMS Tradewind (Lt. J. Nash, DSC, RN). Practice attacks were made on HMAS Dubbo (T/Lt. F.W. Roberts, RANR(S)), HMAS Inverell (Lt. A.I. Chapman, RANR(S)), HMAS Warrnambool (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) E.J.B. Wight, RAN) and USS Hutchinson.

For the daily positions of HMS Spiteful during this patrol see the map below.



  2. ADM 199/1870

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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