USS Carolita (PYC-38)

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Name: Carolita
Namesake: Original name retained
Builder: Germaniawerft, Kiel
Launched: 1923
Acquired: by purchase, 1 April 1942
Commissioned: 6 November 1942
Decommissioned: 28 February 1944
Fate: Used as a target ship
General characteristics
Type: Patrol boat
Displacement: 236 long tons (240 t)
Length: 133 ft 5 in (40.67 m)
Beam: 23 ft (7.0 m)
Draft: 10 ft (3.0 m)
Speed: 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Armament: 1 × 3 in (76 mm) gun

USS Carolita (PYC-38) was a patrol boat in the United States Navy.

Carolita was built in 1923 as Ripple by Germaniawerft, Kiel, Germany; purchased by the Navy on 1 April 1942 from Herman G. Buckley, of Chicago, Illinois; and commissioned on 6 November 1942, Lieutenant (junior grade) A. W. Anderson, USNR, in command.

World War II operations[edit]

Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, on 16 December 1942, Carolita, operated there until 3 August 1943 when she departed for Key West, Florida, via Norfolk, Virginia, and repairs at Miami, Florida.

Sound School assignment[edit]

She served with the Sound School from 8 September 1943, helping to train men in the techniques of anti-submarine warfare.


Carolita was decommissioned on 28 February 1944 and used as a target.

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