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MINE WARFARE SHIPS

ADMIRABLE minesweepers (1943-1946)

Admirable 1943

Advocate 1943

Hazard 1944

Counsel 1963

Graylag 1963

Cruise 1968

No Name Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
AM136 Admirable Tampa SB 4/1942 18/10/1942 4/1943 to Soviet Union 7/1945 (T-331)
AM137 Adopt Tampa SB 4/1942 18/10/1942 5/1943 to Soviet Union 7/1945 (T-332)
AM138 Advocate Tampa SB 4/1942 1/11/1942 6/1943 // --- to Soviet Union before commission 6/1943 (Т-111 Старший Лейтенант Лекарев <T-111 Starshiy Leytenant Lyekaryev>)
AM139 Agent Tampa SB 4/1942 1/11/1942 7/1943 // --- to Soviet Union before commission 7/1943 (Т-112 Старший Лейтенант Владимиров <T-112 Starshiy Leytenant Vladyimirov>)
AM140 Alarm Tampa SB 6/1942 7/12/1942 8/1943 // --- to Soviet Union before commission 8/1943 (T-113)
AM141 Alchemy Tampa SB 6/1942 7/12/1942 8/1943 // --- to Soviet Union before commission 8/1943 (T-114)
AM142 Apex Tampa SB 6/1942 7/12/1942 8/1943 // --- to Soviet Union before commission 8/1943 (T-115)
AM143 Arcade Tampa SB 6/1942 7/12/1942 8/1943 // --- to Soviet Union before commission 8/1943 (T-116)
AM144 Arch Tampa SB 10/1942 7/12/1942 9/1943 // --- to Soviet Union before commission 9/1943 (T-117)
AM145 Armada Tampa SB 10/1942 7/12/1942 9/1943 // --- to Soviet Union before commission 9/1943 (T-118)
AM146 Aspire Tampa SB 11/1942 27/12/1942 9/1943 // --- to Soviet Union before commission 9/1943 (T-119)
AM147 Assail Tampa SB 11/1942 27/12/1942 10/1943 // --- to Soviet Union before commission 10/1943 (T-120)
AM148 Astute Tampa SB 12/1942 23/2/1943 1/1944 to Soviet Union 7/1945 (T-333)
AM149 Augury Tampa SB 12/1942 23/2/1943 3/1944 to Soviet Union 7/1945 (T-334)
AM150 Barrier Tampa SB 12/1942 23/2/1943 5/1944 to Soviet Union 7/1945 (T-335)
AM151 Bombard Tampa SB 12/1942 23/2/1943 5/1944 to Soviet Union 7/1945 (T-336)
AM152 Bond Willamette Iron & Steel, Portland 4/1942 21/10/1942 8/1943 to Soviet Union 8/1945 (T-285)
AM153 Buoyant Willamette Iron & Steel, Portland 4/1942 24/11/1942 9/1943 to China 5/1946
AM154 Candid Willamette Iron & Steel, Portland 4/1942 14/10/1942 10/1943 to Soviet Union 8/1945 (T-283)
AM155 Capable Willamette Iron & Steel, Portland 5/1942 16/11/1942 12/1943 to Soviet Union 8/1945 (T-339)
AM156 Captivate Willamette Iron & Steel, Portland 5/1942 1/12/1942 12/1943 to Soviet Union 8/1945 (T-338)
AM157 Caravan Willamette Iron & Steel, Portland 5/1942 27/10/1942 1/1944 to Soviet Union 8/1945 (T-337)
AM158 Caution Willamette Iron & Steel, Portland 5/1942 7/12/1942 2/1944 to Soviet Union 8/1945 (T-284)
AM159, 2/1955- MSF159 Change Willamette Iron & Steel, Portland 5/1942 15/12/1942 2/1944 stricken 1960
AM160, 2/1955- MSF160 Clamour Willamette Iron & Steel, Portland 5/1942 15/12/1942 3/1944 stricken 1959
AM161, 2/1955- MSF161 Climax Willamette Iron & Steel, Portland 5/1942 9/1/1943 3/1944 stricken 1959
AM162, 2/1955- MSF162 Compel Willamette Iron & Steel, Portland 5/1942 16/1/1943 4/1944 stricken 1959
AM163, 2/1955- MSF163 Concise Willamette Iron & Steel, Portland 6/1942 6/2/1943 4/1944 stricken 1959
AM164, 2/1955- MSF164 Control Willamette Iron & Steel, Portland 6/1942 28/1/1943 5/1944 stricken 1958
AM165, 2/1955- MSF165 Counsel Willamette Iron & Steel, Portland 6/1942 17/2/1943 5/1944 stricken 7/1972
AM214, 2/1955- MSF214 Crag (ex-Craig) Tampa SB 12/1942 21/3/1943 8/1944 to Mexico 1962 (General Pedro Maria Anaya)
AM215, 2/1955- MSF215 Cruise Tampa SB 12/1942 21/3/1943 9/1944 stricken 7/1972
AM216 Deft Tampa SB 12/1942 28/3/1943 4/1944 to China 8/1948
AM217 Delegate Tampa SB 12/1942 28/3/1943 4/1944 to China 5/1946 (Yung Ho)
AM218, 2/1955- MSF218 Density Tampa SB 3/1943 6/2/1944 6/1944 sold 2/1955
AM219, 2/1955- MSF219 Design Tampa SB 3/1943 6/2/1944 6/1944 stricken 1955
AM220, 2/1955- MSF220 Device Tampa SB 7/1943 21/5/1944 7/1944 to Mexico 1962 (Cadete Augustin Melgar)
AM221, 2/1955- MSF221 Diploma Tampa SB 7/1943 21/5/1944 7/1944 to Mexico 1962 (Cadete Francisco Marquez)
AM222 Disdain American SB, Lorain 10/1943 25/3/1944 12/1944 to Soviet Union 5/1945 (T-271)
AM223, 2/1955- MSF223 Dour American SB, Lorain 10/1943 25/3/1944 11/1944 stricken 5/1962, to Mexico (DM16)
AM224, 2/1955- MSF224 Eager American SB, Lorain 12/1943 10/6/1944 11/1944 stricken 5/1962, to Mexico (DM06)
AM225 Elusive American SB, Lorain 12/1943 10/6/1944 2/1945 to China 5/1946 (Yung Kang)
AM226 Embattle American SB, Lorain 4/1944 17/9/1944 4/1945 to China 5/1946 (Yung Hsing)
AM227 Embroil American SB, Lorain --- --- --- cancelled 6/1944
AM228 Enhance American SB, Lorain --- --- --- cancelled 6/1944
AM229 Equity American SB, Lorain --- --- --- cancelled 6/1944
AM230 Esteem American SB, Lorain --- --- --- cancelled 6/1944
AM231 Event American SB, Lorain --- --- --- cancelled 6/1944
AM232, 2/1955- MSF232 Execute Puget Sound Bridge 3/1944 22/6/1944 11/1944 stricken 5/1962, to Mexico (General Juan N. Mendez)
AM233, 2/1955- MSF233 Facility Puget Sound Bridge 3/1944 22/6/1944 11/1944 stricken 5/1962, to Mexico (DM05)
AM234 Fancy Puget Sound Bridge 5/1944 4/9/1944 12/1944 to Soviet Union 5/1945 (T-272)
AM235 Fixity Puget Sound Bridge 5/1944 4/9/1944 12/1944 to Maritime Commission 1/1948
AM236 Flame Puget Sound Bridge --- --- --- cancelled 6/1944
AM237 Fortify Puget Sound Bridge --- --- --- cancelled 6/1944
AM238, 2/1955- MSF238 Garland Commercial Ship Repair, Winslow 10/1943 20/2/1944 8/1944 stricken 4/1960
AM239, 2/1955- MSF239 Gayety Commercial Ship Repair, Winslow 11/1943 19/3/1944 9/1944 to South Vietnam 4/1962 (Chi Lang II)
AM240, 2/1955- MSF240 Hazard Commercial Ship Repair, Winslow 2/1944 21/5/1944 10/1944 BU 10/1968
AM241, 2/1955- MSF241 Hilarity Commercial Ship Repair, Winslow 3/1944 30/7/1944 11/1944 to Mexico 8/1962 (DM02)
AM242, 2/1955- MSF242 Inaugural Commercial Ship Repair, Winslow 5/1944 1/10/1944 12/1944 stricken 3/1967
AM243 Illusive Commercial Ship Repair, Winslow --- --- --- cancelled 6/1944
AM244 Imbue Commercial Ship Repair, Winslow --- --- --- cancelled 6/1944
AM245 Impervious Commercial Ship Repair, Winslow --- --- --- cancelled 6/1944
AM246 Implicit Savannah Machine & Foundry Co. 3/1943 6/9/1943 1/1944 to China 6/1948 (Yung Chia)
AM247 Improve Savannah Machine & Foundry Co. 6/1943 26/9/1943 2/1944 sold 2/1949
AM248 Incessant Savannah Machine & Foundry Co. 7/1943 22/10/1943 3/1944 to Maritime Commission 11/1948
AM249, 2/1955- MSF249 Incredible Savannah Machine & Foundry Co. 9/1943 21/11/1943 4/1944 stricken 12/1959
AM250 Indicative Savannah Machine & Foundry Co. 9/1943 12/12/1943 6/1944 to Soviet Union 5/1945 (T-273)
AM251 Inflict Savannah Machine & Foundry Co. 10/1943 16/1/1944 8/1944 to Maritime Commission 10/1948
AM252, 2/1955- MSF252 Instill Savannah Machine & Foundry Co. 11/1943 5/3/1944 5/1944 stricken 5/1962, to Mexico (DM10)
AM253, 2/1955- MSF253 Intrigue Savannah Machine & Foundry Co. 12/1943 8/4/1944 7/1944 stricken 5/1962, to Mexico (Cadete Vicente Suarez)
AM254, 2/1955- MSF254 Invade Savannah Machine & Foundry Co. 1/1944 6/2/1944 9/1944 stricken 5/1962, to Mexico (General Ignacio Zaragoza)
AM255, 2/1955- MSF255 Jubilant American SB, Lorain 10/1942 20/2/1943 8/1943 stricken 5/1962, to Mexico (General Miguel Negrete)
AM256, 2/1955- MSF256 Knave American SB, Lorain 10/1942 13/3/1943 10/1943 to Mexico 10/1962 (Cadete Juan Escutia)
AM257 Lance American SB, Lorain 10/1942 10/4/1943 11/1943 to China 8/1945 (Yung Sheng)
AM258 Logic American SB, Lorain 10/1942 10/4/1943 11/1943 to China 8/1945 (Yung Shun)
AM259 Lucid American SB, Lorain 2/1943 5/6/1943 12/1943 to China 8/1945 (Yung Ting)
AM260 Magnet American SB, Lorain 3/1943 5/6/1943 3/1944 to China 8/1945 (Yung Ning)
AM261, 2/1955- MSF261 Mainstay American SB, Lorain 4/1943 31/7/1943 4/1944 stricken 12/1959
AM262 Marvel American SB, Lorain 4/1943 31/7/1943 6/1944 to Soviet Union 5/1945 (T-274)
AM263 Measure American SB, Lorain 6/1943 23/10/1943 5/1944 to Soviet Union 5/1945 (T-275)
AM264 Method American SB, Lorain 6/1943 23/10/1943 7/1944 to Soviet Union 5/1945 (T-276)
AM265 Mirth American SB, Lorain 7/1943 24/12/1943 8/1944 to Soviet Union 5/1945 (T-277)
AM266 Nimble American SB, Lorain 8/1943 24/12/1943 9/1944 to China 6/1948
AM267 Notable Gulf SB, Madisonville 9/1942 12/6/1943 12/1943 to China 5/1946 (Yung Chang)
AM268 Nucleus Gulf SB, Madisonville 9/1942 12/6/1943 12/1943 to Soviet Union 5/1945 (T-278)
AM269, 2/1955- MSF269 Opponent Gulf SB, Madisonville 9/1942 26/6/1943 2/1944 stricken 4/1960
AM270 Palisade Gulf SB, Madisonville 9/1942 26/6/1943 3/1944 to Soviet Union 5/1945 (T-279)
AM271 Penetrate Gulf SB, Madisonville 1/1943 11/9/1943 3/1944 to Soviet Union 5/1945 (T-280)
AM272 Peril Gulf SB, Madisonville 2/1943 25/7/1943 4/1944 to Soviet Union 5/1945 (T-281)
AM273 Phantom Gulf SB, Madisonville 2/1943 25/7/1943 5/1944 to China 6/1948 (Yung Ming)
AM274 Pinnacle Gulf SB, Madisonville 2/1943 11/9/1943 5/1944 to China 6/1948 (Yung Hsiu)
AM275 Pirate Gulf SB, Madisonville 7/1043 16/12/1943 6/1944 sunk 12/10/1950
AM276 Pivot Gulf SB, Madisonville 7/1943 11/11/1943 7/1944 to China 8/1948 (Yung Shou)
AM277 Pledge Gulf SB, Madisonville 7/1943 23/12/1943 7/1944 sunk 12/10/1950
AM278 Project Gulf SB, Madisonville 7/1943 20/11/1943 8/1944 stricken 9/1947, to Philippines (Samar)
AM279 Prime Gulf SB, Madisonville 9/1943 22/1/1944 9/1944 to China 5/1946 (Yung Feng)
AM280, 2/1955- MSF280 Prowess Gulf SB, Madisonville 9/1943 17/2/1944 9/1944 miscellaneous auxiliary IX305 3/1966
AM281 Quest Gulf SB, Madisonville 11/1943 16/3/1944 10/1944 stricken 9/1947, to Philippines (Pagasa)
AM282 Rampart Gulf SB, Madisonville 11/1943 30/3/1944 11/1944 to Soviet Union 5/1945 (T-282)
AM283, 2/1955- MSF283 Ransom General Engineering, Alameda 4/1943 18/9/1943 8/1944 stricken 5/1962, to Mexico (Teniente Juan de la Barrera)
AM284, 2/1955- MSF284 Rebel General Engineering, Alameda 5/1943 28/10/1943 9/1944 stricken 5/1962, to Mexico (Cadete Fernando Montez)
AM285, 2/1955- MSF285 Recruit General Engineering, Alameda 5/1943 11/12/1943 11/1944 stricken 5/1962, to Mexico (DM14)
AM286 Reform General Engineering, Alameda 6/1943 29/1/1944 2/1945 to China 6/1948
AM287 Refresh General Engineering, Alameda 9/1943 12/4/1944 4/1945 to China 6/1948 (Yung Chang)
AM288, 2/1955- MSF288 Reign General Engineering, Alameda 10/1943 29/5/1944 10/1946 stricken 11/1959
AM289, 2/1955- MSF289 Report General Engineering, Alameda 12/1943 8/7/1944 7/1946 to US Army as MTB tender AGP289 4/1963
AM290 Reproof General Engineering, Alameda 12/1943 8/8/1944 1947 // --- completed mercantile
AM291 Risk General Engineering, Alameda 4/1944 7/11/1944 1947 // --- completed mercantile
AM292 Rival General Engineering, Alameda --- --- --- cancelled 6/1944
AM293 Sagacity General Engineering, Alameda --- --- --- cancelled 6/1944
AM294 Salute Commercial Ship Repair, Winslow 11/1942 6/2/1943 12/1943 sunk 8/6/1945
AM295 Saunter Commercial Ship Repair, Winslow 11/1942 20/2/1943 1/1944 stricken 11/1945
AM296, 2/1955- MSF296 Scout Commercial Ship Repair, Winslow 2/1943 2/5/1943 3/1944 stricken 5/1962, to Mexico (DM07)
AM297, 2/1955- MSF297 Scrimmage Commercial Ship Repair, Winslow 2/1943 16/5/1943 4/1944 stricken 4/1960
AM298, 2/1955- MSF298 Scuffle Commercial Ship Repair, Winslow 5/1943 8/8/1943 5/1944 stricken 5/1962, to Mexico (General Felipe Xicotencatl)
AM299, 2/1955- MSF299 Sentry Commercial Ship Repair, Winslow 5/1943 15/8/1943 5/1944 stricken 2/1962, to South Vietnam (Ky Hoa)
AM300, 2/1955- MSF300 Serene Commercial Ship Repair, Winslow 8/1943 31/10/1943 6/1944 to South Vietnam 1/1964 (Nhut Tao)
AM301, 2/1955- MSF301 Shelter Commercial Ship Repair, Winslow 8/1943 14/11/1943 7/1944 to South Vietnam 1/1964 (Chi Linh)
AM302, 2/1955- MSF302 Signet Associated, Seattle 4/1943 16/8/1943 6/1944 to Dominican Republic 1/1965 (Tortuguero)
AM303, 2/1955- MSF303 Skirmish Associated, Seattle 4/1943 16/8/1943 6/1944 to Dominican Republic 1/1965 (Prestol Botello)
AM304, 2/1955- MSF304 Scurry (ex-Skurry) Associated, Seattle 5/1943 1/10/1943 7/1944 stricken 5/1967
AM305 Spectacle Associated, Seattle 5/1943 1/10/1943 6/1944 damaged 24/5/1945, never repaired
AM306, 2/1955- MSF306 Specter Associated, Seattle 5/1943 15/2/1944 8/1944 stricken 7/1972, to Mexico (General Manuel E. Rencon)
AM307, 2/1955- MSF307 Staunch Associated, Seattle 9/1943 15/2/1944 9/1944 stricken 4/1967
AM308, 2/1955- MSF308 Strategy Associated, Seattle 10/1943 28/3/1944 9/1944 stricken 10/1967
AM309, 2/1955- MSF309 Strength Associated, Seattle 10/1943 28/3/1944 9/1944 stricken 4/1967
AM310, 2/1955- MSF310 Success Associated, Seattle 2/1944 11/5/1944 10/1944 stricken 5/1962, to Mexico (DM08)
AM311, 2/1955- MSF311 Superior Associated, Seattle 2/1944 11/5/1944 11/1944 stricken 7/1972
AM351 Adjutant Willamette Iron & Steel, Portland 8/1943 17/6/1944 --- cancelled 11/1945
AM352 Bittern Willamette Iron & Steel, Portland 9/1943 21/6/1944 --- cancelled 11/1945
AM353 Breakhorn Willamette Iron & Steel, Portland 9/1943 4/7/1944 --- cancelled 11/1945
AM354 Cariama Willamette Iron & Steel, Portland 10/1943 1/7/1944 --- cancelled 11/1945
AM355 Chukor Willamette Iron & Steel, Portland 12/1943 15/7/1944 --- cancelled 11/1945
AM356, 2/1955- MSF356 Creddock Willamette Iron & Steel, Portland 11/1943 22/7/1944 12/1945 to Burma 1967 (Yan Gyi Aung)
AM357, 2/1955- MSF357 Dipper Willamette Iron & Steel, Portland 11/1943 26/7/1944 12/1945 sold 1/1961
AM358 Dotterel Willamette Iron & Steel, Portland 11/1943 5/8/1944 --- cancelled 11/1945
AM359 Drake Willamette Iron & Steel, Portland 11/1943 12/8/1944 8/1945 // --- commissioned as degaussing vessel YDG11
AM360 Driver Willamette Iron & Steel, Portland 11/1943 5/8/1944 --- cancelled 11/1945
AM361 Dunlin Puget Sound Bridge 1/1943 26/8/1943 2/1945 to China 5/1946 (Yung Wan)
AM362, 2/1955- MSF362 Gadwall Puget Sound Bridge 5/1943 15/7/1943 6/1945 stricken 4/1967
AM363 Gavia Puget Sound Bridge 7/1943 18/9/1943 7/1945 to China 5/1946 (Yung Chun)
AM364, 2/1955- MSF364 Graylag Puget Sound Bridge 7/1943 4/12/1943 8/1945 stricken 10/1967
AM365, 2/1955- MSF365 Harlequin Puget Sound Bridge 8/1943 3/6/1944 8/1945 stricken 5/1962, to Mexico (Aldebaran)
AM366, 2/1955- MSF366 Harrier Puget Sound Bridge 8/1943 7/6/1944 10/1945 stricken 12/1959
AM367 Hummer Puget Sound Bridge --- --- --- cancelled 6/1944
AM368 Jackdaw Puget Sound Bridge --- --- --- cancelled 6/1944
AM369 Medrick Puget Sound Bridge --- --- --- cancelled 6/1944
AM370 Minah Puget Sound Bridge --- --- --- cancelled 6/1944

 

Displacement standard, t

825

Displacement full, t

945

Length, m

54.9 wl 56.2 oa

Breadth, m

10.1

Draught, m

2.97

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 diesels

Power, h. p.

2000

Max speed, kts

15.1

Fuel, t

diesel oil 140
Endurance, nm (kts) 8500 (12)

Armament

1 x 1 - 76/50 Mk 20/21, (2 x 1 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4) or 2 x 2 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, sweeps (inc acoustic and magnetic)

AM214, 215: 2 x 1 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, magnetic sweeps

Sensors

presumably SF or SO or SU radar

Complement 96

   

Ship project history: Raven class minesweepers because of aspiration of a management of the American Navy to receive universal ships have appeared too big, difficult-to-build and, as consequence, expensive. In spring 1940 works on creation of more simple and cheap specialised minesweeper have begun, this ship should meet two basic requirements: seaworthiness and ability to work with a minesweeping gear in bad weather conditions and also to have a simple construction, allowing to build minesweepers in big numbers with the minimum expenses.

As starting point at creation of new ship the project of cardinal "simplified" Raven class was given. A double bottom have refused, and for preservation of damage tolerance the hull have increased on height and breadth. A separate diesel-generator was fitted for magnetic sweep, having refused from accepted on Auk class diesel-electric main machinery.

Calculations have shown, that new ships can be built faster, than Raven/Auk class, and will cost on third more cheaply. The order for their building for USN originally has not followed: according to a number of members of the General Bureau they not completely answered to requirements, shown to minesweepers. The project was offered to Royal Navy for delivery on lend-lease. According to requirements of Admiralty they received new bridges, other improvements are brought, however British all the same were delighted not with the project: they liked larger ships of Auk class more. During this moment sentence also has arrived to redesign "simplified" minesweepers into escorts, required as by Royal, as by US Navies. Removal of minesweeping equipment has allowed to install sonar, Hedgehog and DCTs. Though escorts in minesweeper hulls have appeared slow-speed, to their advantages it is possible to refer quite good seaworthiness and powerful armament (in any case they exceeded British anti-submarine trawlers, successfully used throughout war).

In November, 1941 the order for the first ships of Admirable class has followed: 20 ships in PCE variant and 30 as AM, 15 more РСЕ were intended for RN. In total were ordered 174 AM (AM136-165, 214-311, 351-366 and 391-420) and 108 РСЕ (РСЕ827-934). In 1944-1945 building of АМ227-231, 236, 237, 243-245, 290-293, 351-355, 358, 359, 391-420 and РСЕ861-866, 887-890, 905-960 was cancelled.

Modernizations: None.

1/1946: 1 x 1 - 76/50 Mk 21/22, (2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 3, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10) or 2 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1, sweeps (inc acoustic and magnetic)

1/1946, AM214, 215: 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 3, magnetic sweeps

Naval service: Salute 8/6/1945 was lost on a mine N off Borneo. Following ships were damaged by Japanese aircraft and kamikazes at Okinawa: Facility (6/4/1945), Gayety (4/5/1945 and 27/5/1945), Ransom (6/4/1945 and 22/4/1945), Skirmish (26/3/1945 and 1/4/1945) and Spectacle (24/5/1945 heavy damages, ship was never repaired). Pledge was mined 10/10/1950 off Wonsan, Korea. Pirate was sunk by mine off Pusan, Korea, 12/10/1950.

Admirable 1943

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