Allied Warships

USS SC-689 (SC-689)

Submarine chaser of the SC-497 class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine chaser
Built byAnnapolis Yacht Yard Inc. (Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.A.) 
Ordered16 Feb 1942 
Laid down27 Apr 1942 
Launched15 Aug 1942 
Commissioned2 Nov 1942 
End service 


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History: Manned by a U.S. Coast Guard crew on convoy escort duty SC-689's Official Coast Guard History COMMISSIONING The USS SC-689 was commissioned November 2, 1942, and a Coast Guard crew placed on board. On December 31, 1942, she was on training exercises at Casco Bay, Maine. PATROL DUTY Departing Casco Day, Maine, on January 25, 1943, for Argentia, N. F., she remained on patrol duty there until April 28, 1943, when she departed with five other escorts for St. John's and on May 1, 1943, for Greenland, arriving at Gronne Dal on the 6th, departing on the 10th, with other escorts to search for a submarine. She remained on patrol duty in Arsuk Fjord, relieving SC- 680 and SC-705 and other vessels until December 31, 1943. PATROL DUTY The SC-689 remained on patrol duty in Greenland May 1, when she departed, with 4 other escorts for Boston via Argentia, arriving on May 12, 1944. On June 16, 1944 she departed for Portland for training exercises. On June 24, 1944 with four other escorts, she departed Portland for Greenland, via Argentia, mooring at Gronne Dal on July 14, 1944. Here she remained on patrol duty until September 8, 1944, when she depart ed for St. John's in company with the MOHAWK and SC-705, the MOHAWK towing the STRATHELLA. On September 18, 1944, she departed St. John's with SC's 705 and 688 for Boston, via Argentia, arriving on the 24th. AS TARGET VESSEL After 20 days availability at Boston the SC-689 got underway with SC-705 for Navy Section Base, Newport, R.I., where she was used as a target vessel until November 1, 1944. On that date she proceeded to Coast Guard Patrol Base, Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where in laid sono-buoys and retrieved dummy projectiles in A/S operations. She remained on thin duty for the rest of 1944. DECOMMISSIONING The SC-689 was decommissioned January 24, 1946. Taken from: United States Coast Guard. Statistical Division/Historical Section. Public Information Division. Transports and Escorts. V. (2 Vols.) Washington: Public Information Division, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Volume 1, Escorts, Mar 1 1949, p. 173. (1)

15 Jan 1945
USS Lionfish (T/Lt.Cdr. E.D. Spruance, USN) and USS Bullhead (T/Cdr. W.T. Griffith, USN) arrived at Key West, Florida for services with the Fleet Sound School.

USS Lionfish departed for Port Everglades later the same day escorted by USS SC-646 (Lt.(jg). H.J. Ulrey, USNR) until USS SC-689 (Lt. E.F. Cotter, USCG) took over shortly before arrival at Port Everglades.


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