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Skill (AM-115)

Sunk 25 September 1943

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 28 November 1941 at American Shipbuilding, Cleveland OH
  • Launched 22 June 1942
  • Sponsored by Mrs. T. Schurin
  • Commissioned USS Skill (AM 115), 17 November 1942
  • Staff (AM 114) was damaged by mine 15 July 1943 off Port Empedocle, Sicily at 3717'N, 1330'E. Skill entered the minefield and towed Staff to safety
  • Helped tow the damaged destroyer Mayrant (DD 402), 26 July 1943 that was bombed by a German bomber off Palermo, Sicily
  • Damaged by German bomber off Sicily, 1 August 1943
  • Torpeoded and sunk by the German submarine U-593 off Salerno, Sicily, Italy 25 September 1943
  • Struck from the Naval Register 11 November 1943.


  • 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 3,532shp General Motors 12-278 diesel electric engines, Farrel- Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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