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Motive (MSF 102)

Call sign:
November - Alpha - November - Oscar

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 14 April 1942 by the General Engineering and Dry Dock Co., Alameda, CA
  • Launched 17 August 1942
  • Commissioned USS Motive (AM 102), 17 April 1943
  • Decommissioned 15 June 1946 at San Diego, CA
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists out of commission, in reserve as December 1945
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-102, 7 February 1956
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 December 1966
  • Sunk as a target in April 1968.


  • Displacement 890 t.
  • Length 221' 2"
  • Beam 32'
  • Draft 10' 9"
  • Speed 18.1 kts.
  • Complement 105
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 40mm gun mounts, two 20mm gun mounts, two depth charge tracks, and five depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 1,559shp Busch Sulzer 539 diesel electric engines, Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    USS Motive (AM 102)
    Motive 69k . Tommy Trampp
    Motive 87k 24 May 1944 Robert Hurst
    Motive 106k c. April 1968
    Preparing to be towed from Pearl Harbor, HI to be sunk as a target.
    ©Richard Leonhardt

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Joseph G. Enzensperger, Jr., USNR17 April 1943
    02LCDR V. L. Hollister, USNRMay 1945
    03LT George Harold Lovell, Jr., USNR1 October 1945
    04LTJG John Kevin Tabor, USNR7 December 1945
    05LTJG Paul Francis Curau, USNR19 March 1946
    06LTJG Robert Edward Thomas, Jr., USNR7 May 1946 - 15 June 1946
    ??LCDR George W. E. Lundgren, USN.
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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    Association of Minemen
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