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Pivot (AM-276)

Call sign:
Nan - Peter - Yoke - Fox

Pivot served the Navies of the United States and the Republic of China

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • The first Pivot was laid down 1 July 1943 at Gulf Shipbuilding Corp., Chickasaw, Alabama
  • Launched 11 November 1943
  • Commissioned USS Pivot (AM-276), 12 July 1944
  • Decommissioned 6 November 1946 at Subic Bay, Philippines
  • Sold to Taiwan 27 August 1948 and renamed Yung Shou (AM 49)
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Navy Register 1 July 1970
  • 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, one twin 40mm gun mount, six 20mm gun mounts, one depth charge thrower (hedgehogs), four depth charge projector (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
    Pivot (AM 276)
    Pivot 93k 11 November 1943
    Launching. On the ways behind Pivot is Pledge (AM 277)
    U.S. Navy photo from the Naval History and Heritage Command
    Robert Hurst
    Pivot 39k 11 November 1943 LCDR R. Paschall
    USS Pivot (AM 276)
    Pivot 69k Firing her 3"/50 gun
    U.S. Navy photo from the Naval History and Heritage Command
    Robert Hurst
    Pivot 166k Original photo: LCDR R. Paschall
    Replacement photo: The Sixtant.Com World War II in the South Atlantic website
    Pivot 38k LCDR R. Paschall
    Pivot 83k 12 July 1944
    Shakedown Cruise in the Gulf of Mexico. The photo was taken by a U.S. Navy PBY flying out of NAS Pensacola.
    National Archives photo
    USS Pivot Website
    Nimble 196k Pivot (AM 276) moored between Nimble (AM 266) and Phantom (AM 273) in a nest of nine minesweepers and LCIs, at San Diego, California, circa 1945. LCI-633 is mooored to port
    Courtesy of Ted Stone 1979
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 89284
    Mike Green
    Yung Shou (AM 49)
    AM-49 42k Chinese Navy photo Chinese Navy

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Robin Max Hartmann, USNR12 July 1944 - 6 November 1945
    02LT Edward Joseph Duffy, USNR6 November 1945 - 1 April 1946
    03LT Thomas Leavey Cleaver, Jr., USN1 April 1946 - 6 November 1946
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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