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Compel (MSF 162)

Call sign:
November - Delta - Oscar - Foxtrot


Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Originally planned as Coastal Minesweeper, Compel (AMc 139)
  • Reclassified as a Minesweeper, AM-162, 21 February 1942
  • Laid down 26 May 1942 by Willamette Iron and Steel Corp., Portland, OR
  • Launched 16 January 1943
  • Commissioned USS Compel (AM 162), 8 April 1944
  • Decommissioned 12 June 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-162, 7 February 1955
  • Sold for scrap 26 August 1960.


  • 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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    Size Image Description Source
    Compel 334k 22 May 1944
    At scene of plane crash
    David Buell
    Compel 277k c. 1944/1945
    In San Francisco Bay, flying her Homeward Bound pennant
    Courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1974
    U.S. Navy photo NH 81364
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Compel 223k 3 February 1946
    Pacific Reserve Fleet (PRF), Swan Island, Portland, Oregon
    Compel outboard of Concise (AM 163)
    National Archives photo
    John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
    Compel 238k 3 February 1946
    LSM-471 and LSM-473 (identifiable) berthed in the Swan Island PRF yard in Swan Island, Portland. Minesweepers Compel and Concise (AM 163) are alongside to port
    National Archives photo
    John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
    Photo added 2 February 2022

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Frederick Norman Egelhoff, USNR8 April 1944 - 8 November 1945
    02LT Gibson Louis Smith, USNR8 November 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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