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Strive (MMC 1)

Call sign:
November - Bravo - Charlie - Delta

Strive served the Navies of the United States and Norway

Auk Class Minesweeper/Strive Class Coastal Minelayer:

  • Laid down 17 November 1941 by the American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, OH
  • Launched 16 May 1942
  • Commissioned USS Strive (AM-117), 27 October 1942
  • Placed out of commission, in reserve, 14 February 1946 at San Diego, CA and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists out of commission, in reserve as December 1945
  • Recommissioned 1 January 1952
  • Decommissioned 8 January 1955 at Green Cove Springs, FL and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel hulled), MSF-117, 5 February 1955
  • Conversion to a Coastal Minelayer began 15 September 1958
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minelayer, MMC-1, 31 October 1958
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 October 1959, transferred to Norway and renamed Gor (N 48)
  • 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 1,766shp General Motors 12-278 diesel engines, Farrel- Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Strive 97k Under construction Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    USS Strive (AM 117)
    am-114 95k Moored San Diego or San Pedro, c. 1946. From left to right: Strive, Sustain (AM-119), Steady (AM-118), and Staff (AM-114)
    U.S. Navy photo NH 79735
    Naval Historical Center
    Strive 98k San Diego Bay, c. 1952 shortly after recommissioning
    U.S. Navy photo NH 96871
    Strive 56k 24 April 1954 Tommy Trampp
    Gor (N 48)
    Strive 65k c. 1960
    Royal Norwegian Navy photo from the 1960/1961 edition of Janes Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Joseph Wilson Golinkin, USNR4 March 1943
    02LCDR John Laurence Maloney, USNR26 June 1943
    03LCDR William LeRoy Messmer, USN - USNA Class of 1925
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1943) and two Legions of Merit (1944/1945) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    August 1943
    04LCDR Elliott Burris "Buzz" Knowlton, USN21 April 1944
    05LCDR Francis George Moore, USNR14 October 1945 - 6 June 1946
    06LT Guy Vernon Padgett, USN - USNA Class of 19441954
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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