Allied Warships

USS PT 216

Motor torpedo boat of the Higgins 78' class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeMotor torpedo boat
ClassHiggins 78' 
Built byHiggins Industies (New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.) 
Ordered25 Mar 1942 
Laid down2 Sep 1942 
Launched30 Dec 1942 
Commissioned26 Feb 1943 
End service 1944 

Transferred to the Royal Navy in 1944 being renamed MGB 180.

Career notesTo Britain as MGB 180

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Notable events involving PT 216 include:

PT 216 torpedoed the JUMINDA in night of 21./22. October 1943 northwest of Porto Santo Stefano (Monte Argentario). The date 23.October 1943 is definitely wrong (I have the war diaries of the minelayer JUMINDA and a lot of other documents. Please look at my website There you will find the story of the JUMINDA (1)

22 Oct 1943
The US motor torpedo boats USS PT 206, USS PT 212 and USS PT 216 torpedo and sink the German auxiliary minelayer Juminda (742 GRT, former Italian Elbano Gasperi) 2 nautical miles west of San Stefano, Monte Argentario, Italy in position 42°27'N, 11°05'E.


  1. Personal communication

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