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Steady (MSF-118)

Call sign:
November - Bravo - Foxtrot - Juliet

Steady served the Navies of the United States and Taiwan

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 17 November 1941 by the American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, OH
  • Launched 6 June 1942
  • Commissioned USS Steady (AM 118), 16 November 1942
  • Decommissioned 18 June 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
  • Reclassified a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-118, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 18 February 1968
  • Transferred to Taiwan and renamed Mo Ling (PCE-70), 30 May 1968
  • Sunk in 1970.


  • 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 1,766shp General Motors 12-278 diesel electric engines, Farrel- Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Steady (AM 118)
    Steady 60k Launching Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Prevail 91 Stern view of Dextrous (AM 341), Steady and Prevail (AM 107) Ron Reeves
    USS Steady (AM 118)
    Steady 79k Photographed 20 November 1942, four days after her commissioning. Note that this ship does not have the two smokestacks typical of others of her class
    Courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard
    U.S. Navy photos NH 89415 and NH 89416
    Naval Historical Center
    Steady 81k
    Steady 133k Off Sicily, during the invasion there, 12 July 1943. Photographed from USS Ancon (AGC-4). Note that this ship lacks the pair of bulky smokestacks that were typical of Raven/Auk class minesweepers. Also note diamond marking on her side.
    U.S. Navy Photo 80-G-215098
    am-114 95k Strive (AM-117), Sustain (AM-119), Steady, and Staff (AM-114) (listed from left to right). Moored together, circa early 1946, probably at San Pedro or San Diego, California.
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974.
    U.S.Navy Photo NH 79735

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Frederick W. Maennle, USNR16 November 1942 - 1944
    02LCDR Bernard Orella, USN1944
    03LCDR Thomas Howard Lena, USNR18 December 1945
    04LT Robert David Faber, USN2 January 1945
    05LTJG James Patrick Whyte, Jr., USNR5 February 1946 - 18 June 1946
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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