From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Vol. 1, p 5


Abilene is a city in Kansas.

(PF-58: dp. 1190; 1. 303'11"; b. 37'6"; dr. 13'8"; s.20.3 k. ; cpl 176 ; a. 2 3" ; cl. Tacoma)

Abilene (PF-58) was launched as Bridgeport 21 August 1943 by Globe Shipbuilding Co., Superior, Wis. ; sponsored by Mrs. Thomas F. Rogers ; renamed Abilene 28 June 1944 ; commissioned 28 October 1944, Lieutenant Commander C. I. Steel, USCG, in command ; and reported to the Atlantic Fleet.

Until May 1945 the Coast Guard manned Abilene operated out of Argentia, Newfoundland, with the North Atlantic Weather Patrol, conducting weather observations and rendering navigational assistance to airplanes. During the remainder of World War II she operated on Air-Sea Rescue duty and as a weather vessel along the air routes used for the redeployment of servicemen from Europe.

Abilene was decommissioned 21 August 1946 and sold to the Netherlands 5 May 1947.