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Aspire (MSF 146)
ex-AM-146
ex-AMc-123


Aspire only served in the Soviet Navy

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Originally planned as Coastal Minesweeper, Aspire (AMc 123)
  • Reclassified as a Minesweeper, AM-146, 21 February 1942
  • Laid down 1 November 1942 by the Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, FL
  • Launched 27 December 1942
  • Completed 29 September 1943, transferred to the Soviet Union and reclassified T-119 the same day
  • Reclassified by U.S. Navy as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-146, 7 February 1955
  • Reclassified TB-24, 11 July 1956
  • Reclassified VTR-YYAO, 8 June 1966
  • Scrapped 4 November 1966
  • 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 projector (hedgehogs) and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,710shp ALCO 539 diesel engines, Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Armada 178k c. 1944
    Hamilton, Bermuda
    Still wearing their U.S. Navy hull numbers, BO-208, ex-SC-1075; BO-209, ex-SC-1076; BO-211, ex-SC-720;
    T-118
    , ex-Armada (AM 145); T-119 and T-120, ex-Assail (AM 147)
    George Pol
    Armada 102k Still wearing their U.S. Navy hull numbers, T-118, T-119 and T-120 moored at their base in the Soviet Union
    Apex 58k T-119 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
    Aspire 76k . George Pol
    Aspire 112k
    Aspire 283k . Paul Silverstone

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