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Built 1942

Tonnage 450 ton (Loaded).

Length: 52.73 m

Beam: 7.01 m

Draught 3.04 m.

Propulsion: Diesel; 2 Engines 16 Cylinders; General Motors Model 16-258S with 2.000 bhp, 2 shafts with 3 blade propellers.

Speed:  max. 20 knots.

Range: 3.000 Nautical miles @12 knots.

Armament: 1 3 pol. (76.2 mm/50) Oerlikon gun; 1 Bofors L/60 gun, 40 mm in one single mounting Mk 3; 2 machineguns Oerlikon 20 mm single mountings Mk 4; 2 grenade octuples throwers of A/S (LBG) 7.2 pol. Mousetrap Mk 20 at the bow ; 2 Depth Charges rack Mk 3 and 2 side throwers type K Mk 6 for Depth Charges Mk 6 or Mk 9.

Sensors: 1 surveillance surface radar type SF or SL; 1 hull sonar.

Complement: 65

Sub Chaser Grauna - G 8, ex-USS PC 561, was built at Sullivan Dry Dock and Repair Co.Brooklyn, New York. She was launched 1st/May/42 and incorporated to the Brazilian Navy on 11/Jul/42. She was transferred and incorporated to the Brazilian Navy 30/Nov/1943 in a ceremony held at Miami, Florida.

Her first commander was Lieutenant Captain Luís Antônio Medeiros Neto. On 21/Jul/43, along with Sub Chaser Jutai, as part of the escort group of the convoy JT-18, rescued the survivors of Corvette Camaqua – C 6, which capsized and sunk amidst a thunderstorm some 12 miles northeast of Recife (PE).

Detail of the launching of PC 561. Photo SDGM (Serviço de Documentação Geral da Marinha)


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