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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive

Contributed by Larry Gillim. Right patch contributed by Mike Smolinski

Pursuit (AGS 17)

Call sign:
November - Alpha - Sierra - Lima

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 12 November 1941 at Winslow Marine Railway and Shipbuilding Co., Inc., Winslow, WA
  • Launched 12 June 1942
  • Commissioned USS Pursuit (AM 108), 30 April 1943
  • Decommissioned 30 April 1947 at Orange, TX
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists out of commission, in reserve as August 1946
  • Recommissioned 15 February 1950
  • Reclassified as a Surveying Ship, AGS-17, 18 August 1951
  • Decommissioned 30 June 1960 at Long Beach, CA
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 July 1960
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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 single 40mm gun mounts, two single 20mm gun mounts, two depth charge tracks and five depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 1,559shp Busch Sulzer 539 diesel electric engines, Westinghouse reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Pursuit (AM 108)
    Pursuit 52k c. 1941/42
    Under construction
    Larry Gillim
    USS Pursuit (AM 108)
    Pursuit 141k Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 89205 Mike Green
    Pursuit 42k c. 1943
    On shakedown cruise
    Larry Gillim
    Pursuit 92k c. 1943
    Naval Institute Archives photo from the February 2009 edition of Naval History magazine
    Original photo: John Stone
    Replacement photo: Joe Radigan
    Pursuit 47k c. 1943
    Inset inscription reads: "T. Lough and AM-108" - "Atsa My Boat 108"
    Larry Gillim
    Pursuit 56k 30 April 1943
    Winslow, WA
    Pursuit 63k c. 1944
    San Francisco, CA
    Pursuit 53k 17 April 1944
    San Francisco, CA
    Pursuit 53k 17 April 1944
    San Francisco, CA
    Pursuit 43k New York, after recommissioning.
    USS Pursuit (AGS 17)
    Pursuit 34k Entering New York en route to Brooklyn Navy Yard. Larry Gillim
    Pursuit 44k c. 1950s John Stone
    Pursuit 37k c. 1950s Larry Gillim
    Pursuit 65k
    Pursuit 29k
    Pursuit 77k c. 1953
    Thule, Greenland
    Pursuit 68k c. 1955
    Dominican Republic
    Pursuit 297k 8 September 1956
    Genoa, Italy
    Carlo Martinelli

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Romer F. Good, USNR30 April 1943
    02LT Albert Arnold Mattera, USNR23 January 1945
    03LT Jerome James Haydon, USN10 October 1945
    04LCDR Thomas James Morgan, USNR30 April 1946
    05LCDR John Edward Boyle, Jr., USNR2 March 1947 - 30 April 1947
    06LT Thomas Edward Bass, III, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral15 February 1950
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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