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Staunch (MSF 307)

Call sign: November - Quebec - Victor - Delta

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 5 September 1943 by Associated Shipbuilders, Seattle, WA
  • Launched 15 February 1944
  • Commissioned USS Staunch (AM 307), 9 September 1944
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as December 1945
  • Decommissioned in April 1946 at Orange, TX and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Orange Group
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-307, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 April 1967
  • Sold for scrap 9 October 1969 to Luria Bros. Co., Inc. of Cleveland, OH
  • Scrapped at Southern Scrap Material, New Orleans, LA.


  • 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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    Staunch 80k This picture hung on the wall of Carmen Bellucci's home until he died in March of 2018. He was 95 years young Bob Bellucci

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR John Charles Kettenring, USNR9 September 1944 - 9 October 1945
    02LCDR Willard Thomas Stuart, USNR9 October 1945 - 8 November 1945
    03LT John Charles Dillon, USNR8 November 1945 - 17 January 1946
    04LTJG H. P. Hodge, USNR17 January 1946 - April 1946
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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