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Prowess (IX 305)
ex-MSF 280
ex-AM-280



Call sign:
November - Quebec - Charlie - Bravo


Prowess served the Navies of the United States, South Vietnam and Vietman.

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 15 September 1943 as Hull No. 945 by the Gulf Shipbuilding Corp., Chickasaw, AL
  • Launched, 17 February 1944
  • Commissioned USS Prowess (AM 280), 27 September 1944
  • Decommissioned in December 1945 and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-280, 7 February 1955
  • Recommissioned in 1965
  • Reclassified as an Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary, IX-305, 1 March 1966
  • Transferred to South Vietnam 4 June 1970 and renamed Ha Hoi (HQ 13)
  • Struck from the Navy Register in 1970
  • Captured by North Vietnam Forces in 1975
  • Reduced to a hulk in 1998 but remained afloat as a training and accomodation craft
  • Scrapped.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 945 t.(fl)
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9' 9"
  • Speed 14.8 kts.
  • Complement 104
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount, one twin 40mm gun mount, six single 20mm gun mounts, one depth charge thrower (hedgehogs), 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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    USS Prowess (AM 280)
    Prowess 74k Moored forward of an unidentified Iowa Class battleship
    U.S. Navy photo
    Joe Radigan
    USS Prowess (MSF 280)
    Prowess 117k Summer of 1964
    On the Genesee River in the Port of Rochester, NY.
    Thomas Della Porta
    Prowess 257k c. 1964
    From the collection of Everett J. Jensen
    Gary A. Jensen
    Prowess 312k c. 1964
    From the collection of Everett J. Jensen
    Gary A. Jensen
    USS Prowess (IX 305)
    Prowess 91k . Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Prowess 47k c. July 1969
    Lake Erie
    David Learn
    Prowess 46k c. July 1969
    Lake Erie
    David Learn
    Ha Hoi (HQ 13)
    Prowess 70k 5 December 1971
    Nha Be, Vietnam
    © Richard Leonhardt

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Joseph Walter Meiere, USNR27 September 1944 - 16 July 1945
    02LT Russell Edgar Hinds, USNR16 July 1945 - 8 October 1945
    03LT Walter Herman Bickford, USNR8 October 1945 - December 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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