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MINE WARFARE SHIPS

ABETE coastal minesweepers (1953 - 1960)

Abete 1955

Bambù 1970

Agave 1979

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Abete batch
Abete M5501 Burger Boat, Manitowoc, USA     13/1/1953 discarded 1977
Acacia M5502 Lake Union, Seattle, USA     4/8/1953 discarded 1974
Betulla M5503 Burger Boat, Manitowoc, USA     6/7/1953 discarded 1974
Castagno M5504 Grebe, Chicago, USA   2/2/1954 6/7/1955 minehunter 1982, to Greece 10/1995 (Erato)
Cedro M5505 Berg, Blaine, USA     26/10/1954 minehunter 1980, discarded 1993
Cillegio M5506 Lake Union, Seattle, USA     4/8/1953 discarded 1974
Faggio M5507 Lake Union, Seattle, USA     15/9/1953 discarded 1980
Frassino M5508 Berg, Blaine, USA     23/10/1953 minehunter 1982, discarded 11/1992
Gelso M5509 Grebe, Chicago, USA     29/12/1953 minehunter 1982, to Greece 10/1995 (Evniki)
Larice M5510 Lake Union, Seattle, USA     29/12/1953 discarded 6/1988
Noce M5511 Berg, Blaine, USA     6/5/1954 discarded 1983
Olmo M5512 Belllingham SY, USA     30/3/1954 discarded 1983
Ontano M5513 Grebe, Chicago, USA     26/10/1954 discarded 1980
Pino M5514 Bellingham SY, USA     13/5/1954 discarded 1980
Pioppo M5515 Bellingham SY, USA     30/6/1954 survey vessel 1973
Platano M5516 Bellingham SY, USA     9/9/1954 minehunter 1978, discarded 9/1995
Quercia M5517 Bellingham SY, USA     4/11/1954 discarded 1981
Mandorlo batch
Mandorlo M5519 Tacoma Boatbuilding, USA     16/12/1960 minehunter 1975, discarded 11/1993
Bambù batch
Bambù M5521, 1988- P495 CRDA, Monfalcone     8/9/1956 patrol ship 1988, discarded 2000
Ebano M5522 CRDA, Monfalcone     8/11/1956 discarded 1982
Mango M5523, 1988- P496 CRDA, Monfalcone     5/12/1956 minehunter 1981, patrol ship 1988, discarded 1996
Mogano M5524, 1988- P497 CRDA, Monfalcone     9/1/1957 patrol ship 1988, discarded 1998
Palma M5525, 1988- P498 CRDA, Monfalcone     1/3/1957 minehunter 1981, patrol ship 1988, discarded 1/2003
Rovere M5526 CRDA, Monfalcone     1/3/1957 discarded 1974
Sandalo M5527 CRDA, Monfalcone     17/4/1957 discarded 10/1988
Agave batch
Agave M5531 CRDA, Monfalcone   27/6/1955 1955 discarded 9/1990
Alloro M5532 CRDA, Monfalcone   11/7/1955 1955 TS A5308 1986, discarded 8/1992
Edera M5533 CRDA, Monfalcone   25/7/1955 1955 discarded 1987
Gaggia M5534 Baglietto, Varazze   15/12/1955 1956 discarded 1980
Gelsomino M5535 Baglietto, Varazze   5/3/1955 1955 discarded 1982
Giaggiolo M5536 Picchiotti, Viareggio   29/1/1956 1956 discarded 11/1990
Glicine M5537 Picchiotti, Viareggio   25/5/1956 1956 discarded 1980
Loto M5538 Celli, Venezia   19/12/1956 1957 minehunter 1979, discarded 10/1992
Mirto M5539 Breda, Marghera   29/11/1954 1955 survey vessel 1973
Timo M5540 Costaguta, Voltri   19/12/1955 1956 discarded 1991
Trifoglio M5541 CN Taranto   20/5/1955 1955 discarded 1981
Vischio M5542 Cantiere Mediterraneo, Pietra Ligure   20/5/1956 1956 discarded 1991

 

Displacement light, t

360

Displacement full, t

400

Length, m

42.1 wl 44.3 oa

Breadth, m

8.10

Draught, m

2.10

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 diesels

Power, h. p.

1200

Max speed, kts

13

Fuel, t

diesel oil 28

Endurance, nm (kts)

2500(10)

Armament

1 x 2 - 20/70 Mk 24, acoustic, magnetic and wire minesweeping gear

Sensors

SPS-53 radar, UQS-1 sonar

Complement

39

Ship project history: USN Adjutant class coastal minesweepers. Early ships were built by US shipyards, later by Italian builders.

Modernizations: 1975, Mandorlo; 1979, Loto; 1978, Platano; 1980, Cedro; 1981, Mango, Palma; 1982, Castagno, Frassino, Gelso: were converted to minehunters; - minesweeping gear; + equipment for divers

1970s, all: - SPS-53 radar; + BX-732 or 3ST7/DG radar

1988, P495 - 498: were armed only with 1 x 2 - 20/70 Mk 24

Naval service: No significant events.

Noce 1979

Ivan Gogin, 2015