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USS Covington (PF-56)
USS Covington in 1945
Career (United States)
Name: USS Covington (PF-56)
Namesake: Covington, Kentucky
Builder: Globe Shipbuilding Company, Superior, Wisconsin
Laid down: 1 March 1943
Launched: 15 July 1943
Commissioned: 17 October 1944
Decommissioned: 16 March 1946
Fate: loaned to U.S. Coast Guard, 16 March 1946
Acquired: returned from U.S. Coast Guard, 17 September 1946
Struck: April 1947
Fate: Sold to Ecuador, 28 August 1947
Career (United States)
Name: USCGC Covington (PF-56)
Commissioned: 16 March 1946
Decommissioned: 17 September 1946
Fate: Returned to U.S. Navy, 17 September 1946
Career (Ecuador)
Name: BAE Guayas (E-21)
Acquired: 28 August 1947
Decommissioned: 1972
Struck: 1974
General characteristics
Class & type: Tacoma-class frigate
Displacement: 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 6 in (11.43 m)
Draft: 13 ft 8 in (4.17 m)
Propulsion: 2 × 5,500 shp (4,101 kW) turbines
3 boilers
2 shafts
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 190
Armament: • 3 × 3"/50 caliber guns (3×1)
• 4 × 40 mm guns (2×2)
• 9 × 20 mm guns (9×1)
• 1 × Hedgehog anti-submarine mortar
• 8 × Y-gun depth charge projectors
• 2 × depth charge tracks

USS Covington (PF-56), a Tacoma-class frigate, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for Covington, Kentucky. Covington, with a United States Coast Guard crew, served as a weather ship off Newfoundland through early 1946. She was decommissioned in April 1946 and turned over to the U.S. Coast Guard and commissioned the same day as USCGC Covington (PF-56) and remained in service through September. She was returned to the U.S. Navy at that time and placed in reserve. In April 1947, she was struck from the Naval Vessel Register and, in August, sold to the Ecuadorian Navy. As BAE Guayas (E-21), she served as the flagship of the Ecuadorian Navy from her acquisition through 1967. She was decommissioned in 1972 and stricken in 1974.


Covington (PF-56) was launched on 15 July 1943 by Globe Shipbuilding Co., Superior, Wisconsin, under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Miss. J. Phillips; transferred to the Navy on 5 August 1944; placed in "ferry" commission on 7 August 1944; and commissioned in full on 17 October 1944, Lieutenant Commander F. S. Brown, USCGR, in command.

Covington arrived at NS Argentia, Newfoundland, on 25 December 1944 for duty as a weather patrol vessel. She remained on this duty, except for overhauls at Boston and Charleston, South Carolina until 16 March 1946 when she was decommissioned and loaned to the Coast Guard. Covington was returned from the Coast Guard on 17 September 1946, and sold to Ecuador through the Foreign Liquidation Commission of the State Department on 28 August 1947. Covington was renamed BAE Guayas (E-21) and served as the flagship of the Ecuadorian Navy until 1967, when she was replaced in that duty by 25 de Julio (the former USS Enright).[1] Guayas was decommissioned in 1972 and stricken in 1974.


  1. Armada del Ecuador. "Fuerza de Superficie" (in Spanish). Ëpoca Moderna. Armada del Ecuador. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 


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