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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive

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Requisite (AGS 18)

Call sign:
November - Alpha - Tango - Papa

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 12 November 1941 at Winslow Marine Railway & Shipbuilding Co. Inc., Seattle, WA
  • Launched 25 July 1942
  • Commissioned USS Requisite (AM 109), 7 June 1943
  • Decommissioned 23 December 1947 at Orange, TX and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists out of commission, in reserve as July 1947
  • Recommissioned 15 February 1950
  • Reclassified as a Survey Ship, AGS-18, 18 August 1951
  • Decommissioned 1 April 1964 at Philadelphia, PA and struck from the Naval Register
  • 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 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 reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Requisite (AM 109)
    Requisite 183k Original photo: c. 1944
    Her camouflage appears to be Measure 32, Design 1M
    Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1979
    U.S. Navy photo NH 89206

    Replacement photo: Wearing camouflage 32/1M out of Hunters Point on 16 June 1944. The colors are dull black, ocean gray and
    light gray
    Photo BS 76066 from the National Archives Bureau of Ships collection
    Original photo: Naval Historical Center
    Replacement photo: Ships of the U.S. Navy in WWII “Dazzle” Camouflage
    USS Requisite (AGS 18)
    Requisite 25k U.S. Navy photo R. Parrett, CS2, former crew member
    Requisite 126k David Wright
    Requisite 124k c. Mid-1950s
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99105
    Naval Historical Center
    Requisite 327k c. 1955
    Requisite (AGS-18) during Distant Early Warning Line Operations in Shepherd Bay (Arctic Region). The Coast Guard light icebreaker USCGC Storis (W 38) is off her port quarter
    Burton Cazden collection
    U.S. Navy photo 2015.27.01
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Photo added 26 November 2020
    Requisite 99k At the DEW line
    U.S. Navy Photo from the September 1956 issue of All Hands
    Joe Radigan
    Requisite 267k Stern nameplate salvaged from the ship when scrapped in 1964, on display at Freedom Park, Omaha, NE. Nameplate of Monssen (DD 798) is directly behind D. Gallagher
    Curator USS Hazard (AM-240)

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Robert Wallace Graham, USN/USNR - USNA Class of 1934
    Awarded the Silver Star (1945) - Retired as RADM
    7 June 1943 - 1 October 1943
    02LCDR Herbert R. Peirce, Jr., USNR - USNA Class of 19311 October 1943 - 1 June 1945
    03LT James Donald Swartwout, USNR1 June 1945 - 11 December 1945
    04LT George T. Wormley, USNR11 December 1945 - 1946
    05LT David L. Berliner, USNR1946
    06LT Aldis J. Browne, Jr., USNR1946 - 25 July 1946
    07LT Joseph Lenus McClane, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 194425 July 1946 - 3 August 1947
    08LT Norman Conrad Thomas, USN3 August 1947 - 23 December 1947
    09LCDR Adrian Vincent Lorentson, USN15 February 1950 - 25 May 1952
    10LCDR Clyde Mack Pugh, USN25 May 1952
    11LCDR Charles Richard Irby, USN26 February 1963 - 1 April 1964
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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