A general word classification.
(PG-86: displacement 900; length 190'; beam 33'; draft 14'7"; speed 16 knots.; complement 90; armament 2 3-inch; class Action)
CN-304 was laid down under reverse Lend-Lease on 6 January 1942 at Collingwood, Canada, by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd.; launched on 28 July 1942; classified as a gunboat (PG-86) and named Action on 13 August 1942; accepted by the Navy on 21 November 1942; and commissioned on 22 November 1942, Lt. Kendall Read in command.
After she had been fitted out at Boston, Action reported to the Commander Eastern Sea Frontier, on 23 February 1943. She then assumed escort and patrol duty. Throughout the rest of 1943, all of 1944, and the first half of 1945, Action escorted convoys between New York and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Her next assignment was to patrol the waters in the vicinity of New York and the Narragansett Bay area. Following the surrender of Germany, Action arrived at the Charleston (S.C.) Navy Yard on 28 June 1945 and was decommissioned there on 6 September.
Stricken from the Navy Register on 17 September 1945, the ship was transferred to the Maritime Commission in October 1946 for disposal.