(PF-100: displacement 2,415 (full load); length 303'11"; beam 37'6"; draft 13'8"; speed 20 knots; complement 190; armament 2 3", 4 40mm.; class Tacoma)
A city in Wisconsin.
The first Racine (PF-100) was laid down by the American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, Ohio, 14 September 1943; launched 15 March 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Francis H. Wendt; and commissioned 22 January 1945 at Houston, Tex., Lt. Comdr. C. H. Waring, USCG, in command.
A Navy patrol frigate manned by the Coast Guard, Racine underwent shakedown off Bermuda and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, escorting Italian submarine Atropo from one to the other. Returning to the east coast, she departed Norfolk 2 April for Oran, Algeria, with convoy UGS 84, returning to the United States with convoy GUS 86.
After training exercises in Casco Bay, Maine, and conversion at New York to a weather patrol type for distant duty, Racine steamed 7 August for the Panama Canal and Pearl Harbor, On 6 September she departed Pearl Harbor for Tacloban, Leyte Gulf, Philippine Islands, arriving 23 September to serve as a weather station ship. On 14 April 1946 she departed Samar, Philippine Islands, to return to the United States, arriving Seattle 12 May.
Racine decommissioned at Bremerton, Wash., 27 June 1946 and was struck from the Navy list 19 July 1946. She was sold to Franklin Ship Wrecking Co., Hillside, N.J., 2 December 1947 for scrapping.
07 September 2004