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Jubilant (MSF 255)

Call sign:
November - Golf - Romeo - Quebec

Jubilant served the Navies of the United States and Mexico.

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 22 October 1942 by the American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, OH
  • Launched 20 February 1943
  • Commissioned USS Jubilant (AM 255), 27 August 1943
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as December 1945
  • Decommissioned 18 May 1946 at Orange, TX
  • Recommissioned 11 May 1951
  • Decommissioned 27 April 1954 at Orange
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-255, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 May 1962
  • Transferred to Mexico 1 October 1962 as DM-01 (D 1)
  • Renamed and reclassified ARM Riva Palacio (C 50)
  • Sunk off Veracruz, Mexico in August 2001 as an artificial reef.


  • 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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    Size Image Description Source
    Lance 110k Jubilant under construction, outboard of Lance (AM 257). Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    USS Jubilant (AM 255)
    Jubilant 92k . Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Jubilant 90k c. 1955
    U.S. Navy photo from the 1956/1957 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    ARM Riva Palacio (C 50)
    Riva Palacio 66k Veracruz, Mexico
    Stripped and ready to be sunk as an artificial reef.
    Frank J. Lehnerz
    Riva Palacio 100k
    Riva Palacio 67k View of 3"/50 before sinking.
    Riva Palacio 84k Veracruz, Mexico
    View of bow

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG William Paul Sprunt, USNR27 August 1943 - 1 July 1944
    02LT Henry Andrew Lindsey, USNR1 July 1944 - 1 August 1944 (XO in temporary command)
    03LT Charles James Schafer, USNR1 August 1944 - 1 July 1945
    04LT Henry Andrew Lindsey, USNR1 July 1945 - 3 November 1945
    05LT Henry Harrison, Jr., USNR3 November 1945
    06LT Donald W, McCarthy, USN11 May 1951 - 1952
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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