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Admirable (MSF 136)
ex-AM-136



Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Xray - Zebra

ex-AMc-113


Admirable served the Navies of the United States and the Soviet Union.

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Originally planned as the Coastal Minesweeper Admirable (AMc-113)
  • Reclassified to Minesweeper AM-136, 21 February 1942
  • Laid down, 8 April 1942 by the Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Inc., Tampa, FL
  • Launched, 18 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS Admirable (AM-136), 20 April 1943
  • Decommissioned, 18 July 1945 at Dutch Harbor, Alaska, loaned to the Soviet Union under terms of the Lend-Lease Program and renamed T-521
  • Reclassified by U.S. Navy as a Fleet Minesweeper, MSF-136, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Navy Register, 1 January 1983
  • Never returned by the Soviet Union
  • Scrapped in 1954.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 650 t.
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9' 9"
  • Speed 14.8 kts.
  • Complement 104
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two twin 40mm gun mounts, one depth charge thrower (hedgehogs) andtwo depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,710shp ALCO 539 diesel engines, Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Admirable 468k
    "Proposed Mine Sweeper - Design Study"

    Preliminary design plan, probably prepared during consideration of what became the Admirable (AM-136) class. This drawing, dated 2 May 1941, is for a 750-ton (full load displacement) vessel with a length of 180 feet. Scale of the original drawing is 1/8" = 1'. The original plan is in the 1939-1944 "Spring Styles Book" held by the Naval
    Historical Center.
    U.S. Navy photo S-511-34
    Naval Historical Center
    Admirable 55k 3 June 1943 Original photo: Jane's Fighting Ships of WWII
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    Admirable 137k c. 1944
    Showing the ship's "main battery" of a 3" dual purpose gun forward, with a "Hedgehog" mount immediately aft
    Original photo: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships,
    Vol. 1, pg. 61
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Alexander Murray White, USNR20 April 1943 - 20 July 1943
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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    Association of Minemen
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