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Candid (MSF 154)

Call sign:
Nan - Easy - Zebra - Uncle


Candid served the Navies of the United States and the Soviet Union

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Originally planned as a Coastal Minesweeper, Candid (AMc 131)
  • Reclassified as a Minesweeper, AM-154, 21 February 1942
  • Laid down 27 April 1942 by the Willamette Iron and Steel Corp., Portland, OR
  • Launched 14 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS Candid (AM 154), 31 October 1943
  • Decommissioned 16 August 1945 at Cold Bay, AK
  • Transferred to the Soviet Union 17 August 1945 and reclassified T-283
  • Assigned to the Pacific Fleet 3 September 1945
  • Reclassified as a Hydrographic Vessel 28 June 1947 and named Horizon
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-154, 7 February 1955
  • Scrapped 11 March 1958
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 January 1983.


  • 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 (hedgehog), and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,710shp ALCO 539 diesel engines, Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Candid 113k 1 February 1944
    San Francisco, CA
    U.S. Navy photos 754-44, 757-44 and 758-44
    Darryl Baker
    Candid 172k
    Candid 131k
    Candid 148k c. June 1944
    In camouflage 32/21D. The colors are dull black and light gray
    National Archives photos 19-LCM-AM154-2 and 19-LCM-AM154-3
    Ships of the U.S. Navy in WWII “Dazzle” Camouflage
    Candid 84k
    Candid 243k c. July 1945
    Landing craft underway in an unidentified anchorage (possibly the Marianas). The USS Pledge (AM-277) and Candid, along with an unidentified Rudderow Class destroyer escort are anchored
    U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum photo 1996.438.045
    Mike Green

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Edwin George Bemis, USNR31 October 1943 - 1 August 1944
    02LT Charles Bradford Hinton, USNR1 August 1944 - 16 August 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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