USS Casper (PF-12)
|Name:||USS Casper (PG-120)|
|Builder:||Kaiser Cargo, Inc., Richmond, California|
|Launched:||27 December 1943|
|Commissioned:||31 March 1944|
|Decommissioned:||16 May 1946|
|Reclassified:||PF-12, 15 April 1943|
|Fate:||Sold, 20 May 1947|
|Class & type:||Tacoma-class frigate|
|Length:||303 ft 11 in (92.63 m)|
|Beam:||37 ft 11 in (11.56 m)|
|Draft:||13 ft 8 in (4.17 m)|
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)|
Casper (PF-12) was launched on 27 December 1943 at the Kaiser Cargo Company shipyard in Richmond, California, under a Maritime Commission contract, sponsored by Mrs. E. J. Spaulding. It was commissioned on 31 March 1944, with Lieutenant Commander F. J. Scheiber, USCG, in command.
Upon commissioning, Casper reported to the Western Sea Frontier. Casper sailed from San Francisco, California, on 30 September 1944 for a weather patrol out of Seattle, returning to San Francisco 6 November. From this base, she operated as plane guard, and on weather patrol, performing these vital functions between the mainland and Pearl Harbor. During the organizing conference of the United Nations at San Francisco, which began 25 April 1945, Casper made two security patrols off the Farallon Islands.
Casper cleared San Francisco on 4 April 1946 for Charleston, South Carolina, where she was decommissioned on 16 May 1946. The patrol frigate was sold 20 May 1947.