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Robert H. Smith Class, U.S. Minelayers


Photograph of USS Adams a John H. Smith-class minelayer

Naval HIstorical Center #NH-77371


Specifications:


Tonnage

2610 tons standard displacement

Dimensions

376'6" by 40'10" by 14'2"
114.45m by 12.45m by 4.32m

Maximum speed      

36.5 knots

Complement

336

Armament

3x2 5"/38 dual purpose guns
2x4, 2x2 40mm Bofors AA guns
8 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
4 depth charge throwers
2 depth charge tracks
120 mines
Machinery
2-shaft G.E.C. geared turbines (60,000 shp)
4 Babcock & Wilcox boilers

Bunkerage

504 tons fuel oil

Range

3300 nautical miles (5300 km) at 20 knots
Sensors
SC air search radar
SG surface search radar

On 24 June 1944, Admiral Nimitz recommended that a dozen Allen M. Sumners be converted to offensive minelayers, which had proven valuable in the Solomons. The recommendation was adopted and twelve ships were converted on the ways. This required omitting the torpedo tubes, three of the 20mm antiaircraft guns, and two depth charge throwers to compensate for the top weight of the mines. As it turned out, none were actually employed in the minelayer role.

None were lost in the Pacific.

Units in the Pacific:

Lindsey
completed 1944-8-20 (San Pedro)
Gwin
completed 1944-9-20 (San Pedro)
Aaron Ward
completed 1944-10-28 (San Pedro)
Henry A. Wiley
arrived 1944-11
Shannon
arrived 1944-11-27     

Robert H. Smith

arrived 1944-11-28
Thomas E. Fraser     
arrived 1944-12-7
Harry F. Bauer
arrived 1944-12-7
Adams
arrived 1944-12-20
Shea
arrived 1944-12-22
J. William Ditter
arrived 1945-1
Tolman
arrived 1945-1-20


References

DANFS

Whitley (1988)

Worth (2001)



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