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HMS Foam (J 405)

BAM-27 was built for Great Britain.

Auk Class Minesweeper/Catherine Class British Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 27 January 1943 as BAM-27 by the Associated Shipbuilders, Seattle, WA
  • Launched 20 May 1943
  • Completed, transferred to Great Britain and named HMS Foam (J 405), 28 April 1944
  • Returned to U.S. custody 13 November 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in August 1947 and scrapped.


  • Displacement 945 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, two 20mm gun mounts, two depth charge tracks, and five depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 1,710shp Cooper Bessemer GSB-8 diesel engines, National Supply Co. single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    BAM-27 108k Original photo caption: Left to right - HMS Bramble (J 11) an Algerine Class minesweeper, Foam and a U.S. built Escort Carrier is on the right.
    Imperial War Museum photo from Allied Escort Ships of World War II by Peter Elliott
    Replacement photo caption: Left to right - HMS Wave (J 385) an Algerine Class minesweeper, Foam and a U.S. built Escort Carrier HMS Puncher (D 79), [ex-Wallapa (CVE 53)] or HMS Premier (D 23), [ex-Estero (CVE 42)]
    Information provided by Tony Drury
    Krlicbegovic Edib
    Bosnia & Hercegovina
    BAM-27 108k "A" Sweeping. HMS Foam (J 405) overtaking and preparing to pass sweep wire to an Algerine class Fleet Minesweeper. This mixed flotilla was operating from the naval base HMS Lochinvar, Granton, Scotland
    Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection photo IWM (A 30276)
    Robert Hurst
    BAM-27 71k Foam, at left and the "Algerine" class minesweeper HMS Maenad (J 335), right, while on minesweeping operations out of HMS Lochinvar, Naval Base, Granton, Scotland
    Photo No. 30265 by Lt. M. H. A. McNeil, official RN photographer from the Imperial War Museum collections

    There is no DANFS history currently available for BAM-27
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