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Specter (MSF 306)
ex-Specter (AM 306)

Call sign:
November - Quebec - Sierra - Victor

Specter served the Navies of the United States and Mexico

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 9 May 1943 as Spector by the Associated Shipbuilders, Seattle, WA
  • Launched 15 February 1944
  • Renamed Specter 8 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS Specter (AM 306), 30 August 1944
  • Decommissioned in December 1945 at Orange, TX
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-306, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 July 1972
  • Transferred to Mexico 11 April 1973 and renamed ARM DM-04 (ID-04)
  • Renamed ARM General Manuel E. Rincon (C 52)
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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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    Specter 91k Specter's hull number blotted out for wartime security Harold Lusk

    Commanding Officers
    01LT J. Chevalier, USNR30 August 1944
    02LCDR Carl Carmichael, USN16 August 1945
    03LT Ernest Clayton Arbogast, USN1945 - December 1945
    Courtesy of Joe Radigan

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