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Admirable Class, U.S. Fleet Minesweepers


Photograph of Admirable-class minesweeper

U.S. Navy photograph

Schematic diagram of Admirable class minesweeper

ONI 222

Specifications:

Tonnage

526 tons standard displacement

Dimensions

184'6" by 33' by 10'
56.2m by 10.1m by 3.0m

Maximum speed      

15 knots

Complement

104

Armament

1 3"/50 AA gun
2x2 40mm Bofors AA guns
6 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
2 depth charge throwers
1 Hedgehog
Machinery
2-shaft diesel (3420 shp)
Bunkerage
128 tons
Range
8500 nautical miles at 12 knots
16,000 km at 12 knots
Sensors
SF surface search radar?

The Admirables were completed in 1943-45. They were a simplification of the Auk design meant to facilitate mass production, and 125 were completed during the war. The resulting design had no mine laying capability but retained a significant antisubmarine armament. They were very handy boats with excellent sea-keeping, which made them the basis for the PCE-827 class.

A number of these ships were transferred to the Soviet Union at the Aleutians in 1945 as Lend-Lease.


Units in the Pacific:

Bond Completed 1943-8-30 (Portland) To Russia 1945-8-17
Adopt Arrived 1943-10 To Russia 1945-7-19
Buoyant Completed 1943-10-30 (Portland)
Candid Completed 1943-10-31 (Portland)       To Russia 1945-8-17
Salute Completed 1943-12-4 (Seattle) Mined 1945-6-7 at Brunei Bay
Capable Completed 1943-12-5 (Portland) To Russia 1945-8-16
Captivate Completed 1943-12-13 (Portland) To Russia 1945-8-16
Admirable     
Arrived 1944-1 To Russia 1945-7-18
Caravan Completed 1944-1-21 (Portland) To Russia 1945-8-16
Saunter Completed 1944-1-22 (Seattle)
Caution Completed 1944-2-10 (Portland) To Russia 1945-8-16
Change Completed 1944-2-28 (Portland)
Scout Completed 1944-3-3 (Seattle)
Climax Completed 1944-3-24 (Portland)
Scrimmage     
Completed 1944-4-4 (Seattle)
Compel Completed 1944-4-8 (Portland)
Concise Completed 1944-4-25 (Portland)
Control Completed 1944-5-1 (Portland)
Scuffle Completed 1944-5-2 (Seattle)
Augury Arrived 1944-5-15 To Russia 1945-7-18
Counsel Completed 1944-5-27 (Portland)
Sentry Completed 1944-5-30 (Seattle)
Signet Completed 1944-6-20 (Seattle)
Serene Completed 1944-6-24 (Seattle)
Skirmish Completed 1944-6-30 (Seattle)
Shelter Completed 1944-7-9 (Seattle)
Barrier Arrived 1944-7-14 To Russia 1945-7-18
Scurry Completed 1944-7-29 (Seattle)
Ransom Completed 1944-8-5 (Alameda)
Bombard Arrived 1944-8-9
Spectacle Completed 1944-8-11 (Seattle)
Garland Completed 1944-8-26 (Seattle)
Specter Completed 1944-8-30 (Seattle)
Staunch Completed 1944-9-9 (Seattle)
Rebel Completed 1944-9-12 (Alameda)
Design Arrived 1944-9-15
Density Arrived 1944-9-16
Strategy Completed 1944-9-22 (Seattle)
Gayety
Completed 1944-9-23 (Seattle)
Strength Completed 1944-9-30 (Seattle)
Success Completed 1944-10-18 (Seattle)
Hazard Completed 1944-10-31 (Seattle)
Device Arrived 1944-11-1
Superior Completed 1944-11-1 (Seattle)
Recruit Completed 1944-11-8 (Alameda)
Execute Completed 1944-11-15 (Seattle)
Hilarity Completed 1944-11-27 (Seattle)
Facility Completed 1944-11-29 (Seattle)
Fancy Completed 1944-12-13 (Seattle)
Diploma Arrived 1944-12-28
Fixity Completed 1944-12-29 (Seattle)
Quest Arrived 1945-1-11
Method Arrived 1945-1-24 To Russia 1945-5-21
Notable Arrived 1945-2
Rampart Arrived 1945-2-2 To Russia 1945-5-20
Measure Arrived 1945-2-11 To Russia 1945-5-21
Nucleus Arrived 1945-2-13 To Russia 1945-5-21
Indicative Arrived 1945-2-15 To Russia 1945-4-5; mined 1945-5 off North Korea
Dunlin Completed 1945-2-16 (Portland)
Reform Completed 1945-2-28 (Alameda)
Peril Arrived 1945-3-10 To Russia 1945-5-22
Dour Arrived 1945-3-16
Inaugural Arrived 1945-3-21
Eager Arrived 1945-3-23
Pivot Arrived 1945-4-1
Inflict Arrived 1945-4-7
Pledge Arrived 1945-4-7
Nimble Arrived 1945-4-8
Refresh Completed 1945-4-10 (Alameda)
Pirate Arrived 1945-4-11
Opponent Arrived 1945-5-23
Gadwall Completed 1945-6-23 (Portland)
Deft Arrived 1945-6-29
Implicit Arrived 1945-7-12
Improve Arrived 1945-7-12
Incessant Arrived 1945-7-12

Photo Gallery

Admirable class forward view

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Admirable class side view

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Admirable class seen from aft

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Admirable class rear deck equipment

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Admirable class aerial view

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References

DANFS

Gogin (2010; accessed 2012-11-30)

Morison (1959)

NavSource.org (accessed 2007-3-22)

ONI 222 (1945-9-1)

Worth (2001)


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