USS Leader (PYc-42)
|Acquired:||24 October 1942|
|Commissioned:||24 October 1942|
|Decommissioned:||11 May 1945|
|Homeport:||San Diego, California|
|Length:||117 ft (36 m)|
|Beam:||19 ft 6 in (5.94 m)|
|Armament:||two 20 mm machine guns., two depth charge tracks, two rocket launchers|
The first ship to be named Leader by the Navy, PYc-42, ex-Curlew, was built by White & Co. Ltd., Southampton, England, in 1927; acquired by the Navy from F. S. Molson, Montreal, Canada, 24 October 1942; and commissioned the same day, Lt. (jg) Clifton R. Anderson in command.
World War II service
Following three months in New York City, Leader, a coastal patrol yacht, sailed 18 February 1943 for her permanent assignment. She trained off Florida and Cuba before arriving San Diego, California, 8 April.
Leader continued this service until she decommissioned 11 May 1945. She was returned to War Shipping Administration (WSA) 4 September 1946, sold in 1949 to Kenneth E. Wilson of Los Angeles, California, and renamed Chito.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.