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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 Yard No 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 Liekariev>)
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 (DM15)
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 (永和 <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 (DM11)
AM221, 2/1955- MSF221 Diploma   Tampa SB 7/1943 21/5/1944 7/1944 to Mexico 1962 (DM17)
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 (永庚 <Yung Kang>)
AM226 Embattle   American SB, Lorain 4/1944 17/9/1944 4/1945 to China 5/1946 (永興 <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 (DM03)
AM233, 2/1955- MSF233 Facility   Puget Sound Bridge 3/1944 22/6/1944 11/1944 stricken 5/1962, to Mexico (DM04)
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 Lăng 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 (永解 <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 (DM19)
AM254, 2/1955- MSF254 Invade   Savannah Machine & Foundry Co. 1/1944 6/2/1944 9/1944 stricken 5/1962, to Mexico (DM18)
AM255, 2/1955- MSF255 Jubilant   American SB, Lorain 10/1942 20/2/1943 8/1943 stricken 5/1962, to Mexico (DM01)
AM256, 2/1955- MSF256 Knave   American SB, Lorain 10/1942 13/3/1943 10/1943 to Mexico 10/1962 (DM13)
AM257 Lance   American SB, Lorain 10/1942 10/4/1943 11/1943 to China 8/1945 (永升 <Yung Sheng>)
AM258 Logic   American SB, Lorain 10/1942 10/4/1943 11/1943 to China 8/1945 (永順 <Yung Shun>)
AM259 Lucid   American SB, Lorain 2/1943 5/6/1943 12/1943 to China 8/1945 (永庭 <Yung Ting>)
AM260 Magnet   American SB, Lorain 3/1943 5/6/1943 3/1944 to China 8/1945 (永寧 <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
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 (永明 <Yung Ming>)
AM274 Pinnacle   Gulf SB, Madisonville 2/1943 11/9/1943 5/1944 to China 6/1948 (永犀 <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 (永樹 <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 (永豐 <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 (DM12)
AM284, 2/1955- MSF284 Rebel   General Engineering, Alameda 5/1943 28/10/1943 9/1944 stricken 5/1962, to Mexico (DM14)
AM285, 2/1955- MSF285 Recruit   General Engineering, Alameda 5/1943 11/12/1943 11/1944 stricken 5/1962, to Mexico (DM07)
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 (永叔 <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 (DM09)
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 (DM05)
AM299, 2/1955- MSF299 Sentry   Commercial Ship Repair, Winslow 5/1943 15/8/1943 5/1944 stricken 2/1962, to South Vietnam (Kỳ Hòa)
AM300, 2/1955- MSF300 Serene   Commercial Ship Repair, Winslow 8/1943 31/10/1943 6/1944 to South Vietnam 1/1964 (Nhut Tảo)
AM301, 2/1955- MSF301 Shelter   Commercial Ship Repair, Winslow 8/1943 14/11/1943 7/1944 to South Vietnam 1/1964 (Chí 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 (Separación)
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 (DM04)
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 (ရန်ကြီးအောင် <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
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 (永谦 <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 (DM20)
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, mechanical, acoustic and magnetic minesweeping gear

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

Sensors

presumably SF or SO or SU radar, QCU sonar

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, mechanical, acoustic and magnetic minesweeping gear, SF or SO or SU radar, QCU sonar

1/1946, AM214, 215: 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 3, magnetic minesweeping gear, SF or SO or SU radar, QCU sonar

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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