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Caravan (MSF 157)
ex-AM-157

Call sign:
November - India - Bravo - Juliet


ex-AMc-134


Caravan served the Navies of the United States and the Soviet Union.

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Originally planned as Coastal Minesweeper, Caravan (AMc 134)
  • Reclassified as a Minesweeper, AM-157, 21 February 1942
  • Laid down 16 May 1942 by the Willamette Iron and Steel Corp., Portland, OR
  • Launched 27 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS Caravan (AM 157), 21 January 1944
  • Decommissioned 16 August 1945 at Cold Bay, AK, transferred to the Soviet Union and reclassified T-597
  • Reclassified by the U.S. Navy as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-157, 7 February 1955
  • Believed to have been scrapped in 1956
  • 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 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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    Caravan 67k 18 January 1944 Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Cecil Edward Walden, USNR21 January 1944 - 16 August 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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