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Recruit (MSF 285)
ex-AM-285



Call sign:
November - Quebec - Juliet - Charlie

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 24 May 1943 by the General Engineering and Dry Dock Co., Alameda, CA
  • Launched 11 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS Recruit (AM 285), 8 November 1944
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as December 1945
  • Decommissioned 15 August 1946 at Orange, TX
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-285, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 May 1962
  • 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, one twin 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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    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Chester Arthur Bowes, USNR8 November 1944 - 18 January 1945
    02LT Wade Oscar Hankinson, USNR18 January 1945 - 10 June 1945
    03LCDR Dale Louis Talmage, USNR10 June 1945 - May 1946
    04LT Charles Eugene Little, USNMay 1946 - 15 August 1946
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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    Association of Minemen
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