USS Prudent

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USS Prudent (PG–96)
United States
NameUSS Prudent
BuilderMorton Engine and Dry Dock Company, Ltd., Montreal, Quebec
Laid down14 August 1942, as HMS Privet
Launched4 December 1942
Commissioned16 August 1943, as USS Prudent
Decommissioned11 October 1945
Stricken1 November 1945
  • Transferred to Maritime Commission, 22 September 1947
  • Sold to Italy, 1949
RenamedStaffetta, 1951
FateStricken January 1972
General characteristics
Class and typeAction-class gunboat
Displacement925 long tons (940 t)
Length208 ft (63 m)
Beam33 ft (10 m)
Speed17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)
Range7,300 nmi (13,500 km)

USS Prudent (PG–96), originally ordered as HMS Privet, was an Action-class patrol gunboat in the United States Navy.

Prudent was laid down by the Morton Engine and Dry Dock Company, Ltd., in Montreal, Quebec, on 14 August 1942; launched on 4 December 1942, sponsored by Mrs. Vincent Godfrey; delivered to the U.S. Navy on 14 August 1943; and commissioned on 16 August 1943.

Service history[edit]

Following shakedown off Bermuda, Prudent steamed to New York to begin a series of east coast-Cuba escort runs. Sailing with her first convoy on 7 December 1943, she completed her 11th run, at New York, on 21 December 1944. During January and into February 1945, she patrolled the sea lanes off the New England coast, then on 20 February, departed New York on her last escort assignment to Guantanamo Bay. Returning to New York on 15 March, she resumed patrol duties, and for the remainder of World War II in Europe plied the waters off the northeast coast.

Ordered inactivated at the end of the war, Prudent sailed south on 11 June, to Norfolk, Virginia, thence to Charleston, South Carolina, where she was decommissioned on 11 October 1945. Struck from the Navy List on 1 November 1945, she was transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal on 22 September 1947.

In 1949 the ship was acquired by the Italian Navy and renamed Elbano. In 1951 she was converted to a hydrographic survey vessel and renamed a fourth time, Staffetta. She continued to serve the Italian Navy under that name until she was discarded in 1970.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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