USS Dearborn (PF-33)

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USS Dearborn (PF-33), a Tacoma-class frigate, is so far the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for Dearborn, Michigan.

United States
  • Toledo (1943)
  • Dearborn (1943–1946)
Ordered: as PG-141
Builder: Walter Butler Shipbuilding Co., Superior, Wisconsin
Laid down: 15 August 1943
Launched: 27 September 1943
Commissioned: 10 September 1944
Decommissioned: 5 June 1946
Renamed: Dearborn, 27 September 1943
Reclassified: PF-33, 15 April 1943
Fate: Sold for scrapping, 8 July 1947
General characteristics
Class and type: Tacoma-class frigate
  • 1,430 long tons (1,453 t) light
  • 2,415 long tons (2,454 t) full
Length: 303 ft 11 in (92.63 m)
Beam: 37 ft 11 in (11.56 m)
Draft: 13 ft 8 in (4.17 m)
  • 2 × 5,500 shp (4,101 kW) turbines
  • 3 boilers
  • 2 shafts
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 190


The ship was laid down on 15 August 1943 by Walter Butler Shipbuilding Company of Superior, Wisconsin, under a Maritime Commission contract, as Toledo. She was renamed Dearborn and launched on 27 September 1943, sponsored by Mrs. R. C. Dahlinger of Dearborn, Michigan; and commissioned on 10 September 1944, with Lieutenant Commander F. F. Nichols, USCG, in command.

Service historyEdit

Sailing from Boston, Massachusetts, on 3 November 1944, Dearborn arrived at NS Argentia, Newfoundland, four days later for duty on weather patrol. She had similar duty off Bermuda, as well as plane guard and search and rescue duty until 30 April 1946 when she arrived back at Boston. On 7 May, she departed for Charleston, South Carolina, arriving there two days later. Dearborn was decommissioned there on 5 June 1946, and sold on 8 July 1947.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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