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Refresh (AM 287)

Call sign:
Nan - Queen - Jig - Yoke

Refresh served the Navies of the United States and the Republic of China.

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 22 September 1943 by the General Engineering and Dry Dock Co., Alameda, CA
  • Launched 12 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS Refresh (AM 287), 10 April 1945
  • Decommissioned 9 November 1946 at Subic Bay, Philippines
  • Transferred to the Republic of China 30 June 1948 and renamed Yung Chang (AM 51)
  • Struck from the Naval Register 13 July 1948
  • Sunk 14 November 1965 by a People's Republic of China gunboat off South China.


  • 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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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Refresh (AM 287)
    Refresh 68k Photos from the collection of crewmember Ervin J. Hébert Chris Hébert
    Refresh 94k
    Yung Chang (AM 51)
    Refresh 144k c. 1962 Original photo: Chinese Navy
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LT William Louis Turner, USN10 April 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

    View the Refresh (AM 287)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site.

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    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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