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Climax (MSF 161)

Call sign:
November - Delta - November - Sierra


Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Originally planned as Coastal Minesweeper Climax (AMc 138)
  • Reclassified Minesweeper AM-161, 21 February 1942
  • Laid down 26 May 1942 by the Willamette Iron and Steel Corp., Portland, OR
  • Launched 9 January 1943
  • Commissioned USS Climax (AM 161), 24 March 1944
  • Decommissioned 31 May 1946 at San Diego, CA
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists out of commission, in reserve as December 1945
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-161, 7 February 1955
  • Scrapped in 1959.


  • 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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    Climax 206k c. Early 1946
    In San Francisco Bay flying her Homeward Bound pennant
    Courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1974
    U.S. Navy photo NH 81363
    Naval History and Heritage Command

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Richard E. Danielson, Jr., USNR24 March 1944 - 31 October 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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