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Intrigue (MSF 253)

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November - Golf - November - Golf

Intrigue served the Navies of the United States and Mexico.

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 17 December 1943 by the Savannah Machine and Foundry Co., Savannah, GA
  • Launched 8 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS Intrigue (AM 253), 31 July 1944
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as December 1945
  • Decommissioned 31 May 1946
  • Reclassified as a Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-253, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 May 1962
  • Sold to Mexico 1 October 1962 and renamed ARM DM-19
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 945 t.(fl)
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9' 9"
  • Speed 14.8 kts.
  • Complement 104
  • Armament: One 3"/50 cal. dual purpose mount and two 40mm gun mount, six 20mm gun mounts, one depth charge projector (hedgehog), four depth charge projectors (K-guns) and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,710shp Cooper Bessemer GSB-8 diesel engines, National Supply Co. single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Intrigue 47k . Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Paul Francis McLaughlin, USNR31 July 1944 - 9 September 1945
    02LT John Henry Riordan, Jr., USNR9 September 1945 - 24 November 1945
    03LT Victor Andrew Lang, USNR24 November 1945
    04LT George Paul Hoenninger, USNR23 April 1946 - 31 May 1946
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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