USS Lorain (PF-97)

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This article is about the cancelled Tacoma-class patrol frigate USS Lorain. For the completed Tacoma-class frigate USS Lorain, see USS Lorain (PF-93).
For other ships of the same name, see USS Lorain.
Career (USA)
Name: USS Lorain
Namesake: Lorain, Ohio
Builder: American Shipbuilding Company, Lorain, Ohio (proposed)
Laid down: Never
Renamed: From USS Vallejo to USS Lorain 19 November 1943
Reclassified: From patrol gunboat, PG-205, to patrol frigate, PF-97, 15 April 1943
Fate: Construction contract cancelled 11 February 1944
General characteristics
Class & type: Tacoma-class frigate
Displacement: 1,264 long tons (1,284 t)
Length: 303 ft 11 in (92.63 m)
Beam: 37 ft 11 in (11.56 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: 190
Armament: • 3 × 3"/50 caliber guns (3×1)
• 4 × 40 mm guns (2×2)
• 9 × 20 mm guns (9×1)
• 1 × Hedgehog anti-submarine mortar
• 8 × Y-gun depth charge projectors
• 2 × depth charge tracks

USS Lorain (PF-97) was a United States Navy Tacoma-class frigate authorized for construction during World War II but cancelled before construction could begin.

Lorain originally was authorized as a patrol gunboat named USS Vallejo with the hull number PG-205, but she was redesignated as a patrol frigate with the hull number PF-97 on 15 April 1943. She was renamed USS Lorain on 19 November 1943.

Plans called for Lorain to be built under a Maritime Commission contract by the American Shipbuilding Company at Lorain, Ohio, as a Maritime Commission Type T. S2-S2-AQ1 hull. However, the contract for her construction for the U.S. Navy was cancelled on 11 February 1944 prior to the laying of her keel.

On 7 February 1944, four days before Lorain's cancellation, her incomplete sister ship, the Tacoma-class patrol frigate USS Roanoke (PF-93) was renamed USS Lorain (PF-93).

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