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Buoyant (AM-153)



Call sign:
Nan - Easy - Xray - Dog

ex-AMc-130


Buoyant served the Navies of the United States and the Republic of China.

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Originally planned as the Coastal Minesweeper, Buoyant (AMc 130)
  • Reclassified as a Minesweeper, AM-153, 21 February 1942
  • Laid down 15 April 1942 by the Willamette Iron and Steel Corp., Portland, OR
  • Launched 24 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS Buoyant (AM 153), 30 September 1943
  • Decommissioned 29 May 1946 at Shanghai, China and sold by the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission the same day for transfer to the Republic of China
  • Fate unknown.

    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 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
    Buoyant 33k 11 June 1944 Hyperwar U.S. Navy in WWII
    AM-153/217/225 55k c. May 1946.
    LCI-195, Buoyant, Elusive (AM 225), and Delegate (AM 217) on the Whangpoo River, Shanghai, China
    Michael B. Kirby

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Walter Lawrence Savell, Jr., USNR30 September 1943 - 25 June 1945
    02LT Peter Sheridan, USNR25 June 1945 - 11 October 1945
    03LT Alfred Paul Dohoney, USNR11 October 1945 - 29 May 1946
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    View the Buoyant (AM-153)
    DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway web site
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S.Navy Memorial Foundation
    Fleet Reserve Association

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen

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