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Quest (AM 281)



Call sign:
Nan - Queen - Fox - George


Quest served the Navies of the United States and the Philippines.

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down, 24 November 1943 at Gulf Shipbuilding Corp., Chickasaw, AL
  • Launched, 16 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS Quest (AM 281), 25 October 1944
  • Decommissioned, 2 May 1946
  • Struck from the Navy Register 29 September 1947
  • Transferred to the Philippines 2 July 1948
  • Designated as the Presidential Yacht and renamed APO-21
  • Renamed Pagasa
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Corvette and renamed Santa Maria
  • Renamed Mount Samat (TK 21)
  • 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 dual purpose mount and one twin 40mm gun mount, six single 20mm gun mounts, one depth charge thrower (hedgehogs), four depth charge projectiles (K-guns), 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
    USS Quest (AM 281)
    Quest 294k c. November 1944 Ed Zajkowski
    RPS APO-21
    Quest 53k c. 1952
    APO-21
    Robert Hurst
    RPS Santa Maria
    Quest 74k c. 1956
    Santa Maria - Philippine Navy photo from the 1956/1957 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    RPS Mount Samat (TK 21)
    Quest 111k Mount Samat (TK 21)
    U.S. Navy photo by G. Arra
    Joe Radigan
    Quest 53k c. 1965 Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LT John Thomas Riley, Jr., USNR25 October 1944 - 16 September 1945
    02LT Robert Randolph Garnett, USNR16 September 1945 - 23 November 1945
    03LTJG Frederick Ralph Barnes, USNR23 November 1945 - 11 April 1946
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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