History
United States
NameUSS Force
BuilderPenn-Jersey Corp., Camden, New Jersey
Laid down19 November 1941
Launched7 September 1942
Commissioned16 June 1943
RenamedUSS PC-1603, 1 June 1944
Decommissioned21 June 1945
Honors and
awards
3 battle stars (World War II)
FateDestroyed, 24 October 1945
General characteristics
Class and typeAdroit-class minesweeper
Displacement295 long tons (300 t)
Length173 ft 8 in (52.93 m)
Beam23 ft (7.0 m)
Draft7 ft 7 in (2.31 m)
Propulsion
Speed17 knots (31 km/h)
Complement65
Armament

USS PC-1603 was a submarine chaser of the United States Navy during World War II. She was originally built and commissioned as USS Force (AM-99), an Adroit-class minesweeper. On 1 June, she was renamed PC-1603 and earned three battle stars for service in the Pacific during the war. The ship was damaged by a pair of kamikaze aircraft on 26 May 1945 and later scuttled.

Career

Force was laid down on 19 November 1941 by the Penn-Jersey Corp., Camden, New Jersey, launched on 7 September 1942, and commissioned on 16 June 1943. The ship was reclassified a submarine chaser PC-1603 on 1 June 1944.

On 26 May 1945, while anchored in Kimmu Wan, Okinawa, PC-1603 was struck by two Kawasaki Ki-61 "Tony" kamikaze aircraft. The first hit the bow at the water line and the second hit the bow at deck level. Three lives were lost and 15 wounded mostly from burns.

On 21 June 1945 PC-1603 was decommissioned and towed to the ship graveyard at Kerama Retto. The hulk was ordered destroyed on 24 October 1945. The hull was incorporated in the building of a breakwater/dock and officially donated to the Government of the Ryukyu Islands on 10 July 1957.

PC-1603 was awarded three battle stars for the Leyte, Luzon and Okinawa landings.

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