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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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    American Ship Building
    2.29k The Jubilant (AM-255) was built in the American Ship Building Company yards in Lorain, Ohio. Photo courtesy of
    Lance 110k Jubilant (AM-255) 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 DM-01
    Jubilant 324k Photo caption: National Defense Reserve Fleet, Orange, Texas (6 December 1962) – The former Admirable-Class Minesweeper Jubilant (AM-255) is being transferred to the Mexican Navy as DM-01 (D-1). She is the first five out of twenty U.S. Navy minesweepers being sold to Mexico from the World War II “mothball fleet.” U.S. Navy Commander A.F. Holzapfel said the vessels are destined for Mexico’s Yucatan patrol area to guard against Cuban infiltration. She will be renamed and reclassified as the ARM Riva Palacio (C 50)
    United Press International photo
    Bill Gonyo
    ARM Riva Palacio (C 50)
    Jubilant 33k Namesake: Vicente Riva Palacio - Vicente Riva Palacio y Guerrero (16 October 1832 in Mexico City – 22 November 1896 in Madrid) was a liberal politician, novelist, journalist, intellectual, and military leader Tommy Trampp
    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 D. Lindsey, Jr., USNR1 July 1945 - 5 November 1945
    05LT Henry Harrison, Jr., USNR5 November 1945 - 18 May 1946
    06LCDR Peter Depew Fisler, USNR - USNA Class of 1943 (Later USNR)11 May 1951 - March 1952
    07LT Donald Wans McCarthy, USN - USNA Class of 1944March 1952
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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