USS Parris Island (AG-72)

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Career
Name: USS Parris Island
Builder: Willamette Iron and Steel Works, Portland, Oregon
Laid down: 10 May 1943
Launched: 8 July 1943
Commissioned: 30 October 1944
Decommissioned: 19 June 1947
Struck: 1 August 1947
Fate: Sold, 1948
General characteristics
Type: Patrol boat
Displacement: 850 long tons (864 t)
Length: 184 ft 6 in (56.24 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Draft: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Propulsion: 2 × 1,800 hp (1,342 kW) General Motors 12-278A diesel engines
Falk single reduction gear
2 shafts
Speed: 15.7 knots (29.1 km/h; 18.1 mph)
Complement: 110 officers and enlisted
Armament: 4 × single 20 mm gun mounts

USS Parris Island (AG-72) was a patrol craft escort named for Parris Island, South Carolina (part of the Sea Islands chain, and home to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island since 1915).

Originally built as PCE–901, she was laid down on 10 May 1943 by the Willamette Iron and Steel Corporation of Portland, Oregon; launched on 8 July 1943; reclassified USS Parris Island (AG–72) on 28 April 1944; and placed in service on 30 October 1944.

Service history[edit]

Parris Island was assigned to the Commandant 13th Naval District on 14 November 1944, upon completion of shakedown trials, and was transferred to the 11th Naval District on 26 November. She performed coastal duties until she was placed out of service on 19 June 1947. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 August 1947 and turned over to the Maritime Commission on 20 January 1948 at San Diego.

In 1948, Parris Island was sold to Honduran registry. She retained her original name, serving as M/V Parris Island, and continued in this capacity into 1970. Her final fate is unknown.

References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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