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Penetrate (MSF 271)
ex-AM-271



Call sign:
Nan - Peter - Tare - Xray


Penetrate served the Navies of the United States and the Soviet Union.

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 5 January 1943 by the Gulf Shipbuilding Co., Chickasaw, AL
  • Launched 11 September 1943
  • Commissioned USS Penetrate (AM 271), 31 March 1944
  • Decommissioned 21 May 1946 at Cold Bay, AK
  • Transfered to the Soviet Union 22 May 1945 and reclassified T-280
  • Reclassified by U.S. Navy as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-271, 7 February 1955
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • 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, one twin 40mm gun mount, six 20mm gun mounts, one depth charge projector (hedgehogs), four depth charge projectors (K-guns), and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 855shp Cooper Bessemer GSB-8 diesel engines, National Supply Co. single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Commanding Officers
    01LT Morris Samuel Lazaron, Jr., USNR31 March 1944 - 21 May 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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