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Apex (MSF 142)

Apex only served in the Soviet Navy.

Admirable Class Minesweeper: Originally planned as Apex (AMc 119); Changed to AM-142, 21 February 1942; Laid down 8 June 1942 by the Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, FL; Launched 7 December 1942; Completed 17 August 1943 and transferred to the Soviet Union as T-115 the same day; Reclassified by U.S. Navy as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-142, 7 February 1955; Named Aydar 1 September 1955; Scrapped 1 June 1961; Struck from the Navy Register 1 January 1983.

Specifications: Displacement 650 t., 840 t. (fl); Length 184' 6"; Beam 33'; Draft 9' 9"; Speed 14.8 kts; Complement 85; Armament two 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts, eight 20mm gun mounts, two 7.63mm Browning machine guns, one depth charge thrower (hedgehogs), two depth charge tracks; Propulsion two 1,710shp ALCO 539 diesel engines, Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.

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Apex 58k T-119, ex-Aspire (AM 146) and T-115, ex-Apex (AM 142)
Photo from "Korabli i katera VMF SSSR 1939 - 1945" (Warships and Cutters of Soviet Navy 1939 - 1945) by A. Shirokorad
Original photo: Alex I. Khomenko
Kiev, Ukraine
Replacement photo: George Pol
Apex 64k . George Pol
Apex 75k . George Pol
Apex 112k . George Pol
Apex 121k Warrant Officer L. Lazarev with model of T-115. George Pol
Apex 66k Victory Star. George Pol

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