Allied Warships

USS SC-648 (SC-648)

Submarine chaser of the SC-497 class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine chaser
ClassSC-497 
PennantSC-648 
Built byDeleware Bay Shipbuilding Co. (Leesburg, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Ordered18 Sep 1941 
Laid down10 Oct 1941 
Launched18 Apr 1942 
Commissioned11 Jul 1942 
End service 
History

Transferred to the Taiwan on 30 June 1948

 

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Notable events involving SC-648 include:


21 May 1943

Convoy BT 61.

This convoy departed Caloundra (near Brisbane) for Townsville on 18 May 1943.

This convoy was made up of the transports; Balikpapan (Dutch, 1279 GRT, built 1938), Henry Dearborn (American, 7176 GRT, built 1942), Pahud (Dutch, 2075 GRT, built 1927), Suva (British, 4873 GRT, built 1938), Van Spilbergen (Dutch, 3234 GRT, built 1908) and William Ellery Channing (American, 7176 GRT, built 1942).

On departure from Caloundra the convoy was escorted by the destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. J. Plunkett-Cole, RAN), minesweeper HMAS Goulburn (Lt.Cdr. B. Paul, RANR(S)), submarine chaser USS SC 648 (?).

Around 0800K/23, USS SC 648 obtained an A/S contact and dropped depth charges. HMAS Vendetta joined the hunt but no contact could be obtained. The hunt was called off around 1030K/23 and USS SC 648 set course to rejoin the convoy. HMAS Vendetta did not rejoined the convoy as she was ordered to proceed to a rendezvous with the American troop transport President Johnson.

The convoy arrived at Townsville on 24 May 1943. (1)

31 May 1943

Convoy BT 63.

This convoy departed Brisbane for Townsville on 31 May 1943.

This convoy was made up of the transports; Nancy Hanks (American, 7194 GRT, built 1943), President Johnson (American, 13639 GRT, built 1904) and Van Heutsz (Dutch, 4552 GRT, built 1926).

On departure from Brisbane the convoy was escorted by the destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. J. Plunkett-Cole, RAN) and the submarine chasers USS SC 648 (?) and USS SC 748 (Lt.(jg.) M.B. Stone, Jr., USNR).

Around 1715K/1, HMAS Vendetta parted company with the convoy. HMAS Vendetta then set course to proceed to a rendezvous with a ahip coming from the east in position 26°37'S, 159°42'E.

The convoy arrived at Townsville on 2 June 1943. (2)

Sources

  1. Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for May 1943
  2. Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for May 1943 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for June 1943

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