USS Asheville (PF-1)

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Career (United States)
Name: USS Asheville (PG-101)
Namesake: Asheville, North Carolina
Builder: Canadian Vickers Ltd.,
Montreal, Quebec
Laid down: 10 March 1942
Launched: 22 August 1942
Commissioned: 1 December 1942
Reclassified: PF-1, 15 April 1943
Decommissioned: 14 January 1946
Struck: 25 February 1946
Homeport: New York City
Fate: Sold to Argentina
Career (Argentina)
Name: ARA Hercules (P-31)
ARA Juan B. Azopardo (GC-11)
Acquired: c. 1946
Struck: 1973
Fate: Fate unknown
General characteristics
Class & type: River-class frigate
Displacement: 2,360 long tons (2,400 t)
Length: 301 ft 6 in (91.90 m)
Beam: 36 ft 6 in (11.13 m)
Draft: 13 ft 8 in (4.17 m)
Installed power: 11,000 ihp (8,200 kW)
Propulsion: 2 × Canadian Vickers vertical triple expansion steam engines
2 × 225 psi 3-drum express boilers
2 × shafts
Speed: 20.3 kn (37.6 km/h; 23.4 mph)
Complement: 194
Armament: 3 × 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
4 × 40 mm gun mounts
9 × 20 mm gun mounts
2 × depth charge racks
8 × depth charge projectors
1 × Hedgehog depth charge projector

USS Asheville (PF-1) was an Asheville-class patrol frigate of the United States Navy that served during World War II. She was laid down on 10 March 1942 by Canadian Vickers Ltd. in Montreal, Canada as the River class frigate HMS Adur (K296) to serve in the British Royal Navy. She was launched on 22 August 1942 but due to a lack of American vessels for convoy protection she was transferred to the United States Navy prior to completion. On 1 December 1942, she was commissioned in Montreal as USS Asheville (PG-101), a patrol gunboat. She was reclassified PF-1 on 15 April 1943.

Initially Asheville served on convoy escort but then transferred to anti-submarine patrols.

She was decommissioned in January 1946 at the Norfolk Navy Yard and struck from the Navy Register in February. She was sold in June 1946 and later resold to Argentina where she was renamed Hercules and later Juan B. Azopardo (GC 11). She was stricken in 1973, but her fate beyond that is not reported in secondary sources.[1][2]

Service history[edit]

World War II[edit]

Convoys and patrols[edit]

After her launch and commissioning, Asheville sailed to Boston, Massachusetts via the Saint Lawrence River and Atlantic Ocean where she was completed. Lieutenant Commander Robert P. Walker was placed in command. On 23 February 1943, Asheville reported to the Commander, Eastern Sea Frontier, for duty. She was assigned to escort convoys between New York City and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She continued this until 2 September, when she was reassigned to anti-submarine patrols. On 17 September, she escorted a burned-out and ammunition ship out to sea and scuttled her in the deep waters. Asheville continued antisubmarine patrols until May 1944.[3]

Experimental testing[edit]

In May 1944, Asheville reported to the Boston Navy Yard where experimental anti-submarine warfare (ASW) gear was installed. Once the equipment was installed she began testing it under guidance of the Commander, Antisubmarine Development Detachment, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (COMASDEVLANT). In early September, her experimental testing was interrupted when she joined a hunter-killer group in a search for a suspected German U-boat. The search turned up nothing and she reported back to her experimental testing. On 15 September, she relocated to Port Everglades, Florida, COMASDEVLANT's new surface ship base. She operated out of that port until April 1945, testing several ASW devices.[3]

On 13 April 1945, Asheville reported to New York with a new assignment with the Commander, Eastern Sea Frontier, where she returned to antisubmarine patrols. Less than a month later, on 8 May, hostilities ended in Europe and the Atlantic Ocean. With the threat of U-boats gone, Asheville returned to Port Everglades where she underwent more experimental testing. On 19 July 1945, she received orders to return to New York where an experimental radar system was installed. She spent the remainder of 1945 testing the RADAR system along the eastern coast.[3]

Post-war[edit]

On 14 January 1946, Asheville was decommissioned at the Norfolk Navy Yard in Portsmouth, Virginia. Her name was struck from the Navy Register on 25 February 1946, and she was sold to the United Boat Service Corporation on 15 June 1946. She was later sold to Argentina and was renamed ARA Hercules (P-31) and later ARA Juan B. Azopardo (GC-11). Her exact fate is unknown.[1]

References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

  1. ^ a b Patrol Frigate Photo Archive: Asheville (PF 1), retrieved 5 January 2009 
  2. ^ USS Asheville (PF-1), retrieved 5 January 2009 
  3. ^ a b c Asheville, retrieved 5 January 2009