USS Abilene (PF-58)

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For other ships of the same name, see USS Bridgeport.
Career (USA)
Name: USS Abilene
Builder: Globe Shipbuilding Company, Superior, Wisconsin
Laid down: 6 May 1943
Launched: 21 August 1943
Commissioned: 28 October 1944
Decommissioned: 21 August 1946
Struck: 13 November 1946
Fate: Sold to the Netherlands, 5 May 1947
Career (Netherlands)
Name: HNLMS Cirrus
Acquired: 5 May 1947
Fate: Scrapped, 1969
General characteristics
Class & type: Tacoma-class frigate
Displacement: 2,100 long tons (2,134 t)
Length: 303 ft 11 in (92.63 m)
Beam: 37 ft 6 in (11.43 m)
Draft: 13 ft 8 in (4.17 m)
Propulsion: 2 × 5,500 shp (4,101 kW) turbines
3 boilers
2 shafts
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 176 xx 190 xxx
Armament: • 3 × 3"/50 caliber guns (3×1)
• 4 × 40 mm guns (2×2)
• 9 × 20 mm guns (9×1)
• 8 × Y-gun depth charge projectors
• 2 × depth charge tracks

USS Abilene (PF-58), a Tacoma-class frigate, was in the service of the United States Navy, named after the city of Abilene, Kansas.

She was laid down on 6 May 1943 as Bridgeport (Maritime Commission hull 1465), and originally classified as PG-166 on 6 May 1943 at the Globe Shipbuilding Company in Superior, Wisconsin. She was launched on 21 August 1943, sponsored by Mrs. Thomas F. Rogers; acquired by the Navy on 31 May 1944; renamed Abilene and assigned hull number PF-58 on 28 June 1944; and commissioned on 28 October 1944 with Lieutenant Commander Chester I. Steel in command.

Service history[edit]

Following shakedown at Bermuda, Abilene steamed to NS Argentina, Newfoundland, where she joined the North Atlantic Weather Patrol. She operated on this station through May 1945, conducting weather observations and rendering navigational assistance to airplanes.

After a brief period of upkeep at Boston, Massachusetts, Abilene assumed air-sea rescue duties in the Atlantic in June 1945. As a member of Task Group 24.5, the patrol vessel collected weather data while serving as a plane guard along the air routes between Europe and the United States.

Abilene was decommissioned at New Orleans, Louisiana, on 21 August 1946. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 13 November 1946. The ship was sold to the government of the Netherlands on 5 May 1947. The ship was renamed Cirrus, and eventually scrapped in 1969.

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