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HMS Precept (Z-266)
Precept (AN-73)

Precept (AN-73) Lend-Lease to the United Kingdom as HMS Precept (Z-266)
Ailanthus Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Laid down, 5 August 1943, as Yard Net Tender Precept (YN-79) at Barbour Boat Works, New Bern, N.C.
  • Reclassified Net Laying Ship Precept (AN-73), 17 January 1944
  • Launched, 11 April 1944
  • Delivered to the Navy, 14 October 1944
  • Transferred under Lend Lease to the United Kingdom 14 October 1944
  • Commissioned HMS Precept (Z-266)
  • Custody returned to the US Navy, 4 January 1945, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 March 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 21 March 1947, for disposal
  • Sold, date and purpose unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,460 t.(fl)
    Length 194' 6"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 13' 6"
    Speed 12.1 kts.
    Officers 4
    Enlisted 52
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Largest Boom Capacity 12 t.
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 760 Bbls
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    two Busch-Sulzer BS-539 Diesel-electric engines
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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