USS Casper (PF-12)

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USS Casper (PF-12)
United States
Name: Casper
Namesake: City of Casper, Wyoming
Builder: Kaiser Cargo, Inc., Richmond, California
Launched: 27 December 1943
Commissioned: 31 March 1944
Decommissioned: 16 May 1946
Reclassified: PF-12, 15 April 1943
Fate: Sold, 20 May 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

USS Casper (PF-12), a Tacoma-class frigate, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for Casper, Wyoming.


Casper (PF-12) was launched on 27 December 1943, at the Kaiser Cargo Company shipyard in Richmond, California, under a Maritime Commission contract, sponsored by Mrs. E. J. Spaulding. She was commissioned on 31 March 1944, with Lieutenant Commander F. J. Scheiber, USCG, in command.

Service history[edit]

Upon commissioning, Casper reported to the Western Sea Frontier. Casper sailed from San Francisco, California, on 30 September 1944 for a weather patrol out of Seattle, returning to San Francisco 6 November. From this base, she operated as plane guard, and on weather patrol, performing these vital functions between the mainland and Pearl Harbor. During the organizing conference of the United Nations at San Francisco, which began 25 April 1945, Casper made two security patrols off the Farallon Islands.

Casper cleared San Francisco on 4 April 1946 for Charleston, South Carolina, where she was decommissioned on 16 May 1946. The patrol frigate was sold 20 May 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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