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Astute (MSF 148)
November - Echo - Quebec - Alpha
Astute served the Navies of the United States and the USSR.
Admirable Class Minesweeper: Originally planned as Astute (AMc 125); Changed to AM-148, 21 February 1942; Laid down, 7 December 1942 by the Tampa Shipbuilding Co. Inc., Tampa, FL; Launched, 23 February 1943; Commissioned USS Astute (AM 148), 17 January 1944; Decommissioned 18 July 1945 at Cold Bay, AK and transferred to the USSR as T-523; Scrapped in 1954 (never reported to U.S. Navy); Reclassified Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-148, 7 February 1955; Struck from the Navy Register 1 January 1983.
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), two depth charge tracks; Propulsion two 1,710shp ALCO 539 diesel engines, Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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