USS Casper (PF-12)
USS Casper (PF-12)
|Namesake:||City of Casper, Wyoming|
|Reclassified:||Patrol Frigate (PF), 15 April 1943|
|Ordered:||as a Type S2-S2-AQ1 hull, MCE hull 1430|
|Builder:||Permanente Metals Richmond Shipyard #4, Richmond, California|
|Laid down:||17 October 1943|
|Launched:||27 December 1943|
|Commissioned:||31 March 1944|
|Decommissioned:||16 May 1946|
|Fate:||Sold for scrap, 20 May 1947|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Tacoma-class frigate patrol frigate|
|Length:||303 ft 11 in (92.63 m)|
|Beam:||37 ft 6 in (11.43 m)|
|Draft:||13 ft 8 in (4.17 m)|
|Speed:||20.3 kn (37.6 km/h; 23.4 mph)|
Casper, originally classified as patrol gunboat, PG-120, was reclassified as a patrol frigate, PF-12, on 15 April 1943. She was laid down on 17 October 1943, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1430, at the Permanente Metals Richmond Shipyard #4, Richmond, California. Casper (PF-12) was launched on 27 December 1943, sponsored by Mrs. E. J. Spaulding. She was commissioned on 31 March 1944, with Lieutenant Commander F. J. Scheiber, USCG, in command.
Casper sailed from San Francisco, California, on 30 September 1944, for a weather patrol out of Seattle, Washington, 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.
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