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Strategy (MSF 308)

Call sign:
November - Quebec - Victor - Sierra

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 4 October 1943 by Associated Shipbuilders, Seattle, WA
  • Launched 28 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS Strategy (AM 308), 22 September 1944
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as December 1945
  • Decommissioned 14 May 1946 at Orange, TX
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-308, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 October 1967
  • Scrapped in 1969.


  • 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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    Strategy 301k Transferring movies with an unidentified minesweeper
    From the collection of Thomas Jordan Cook, crewmember, 1945 - 1946
    Kurt Cook
    Strategy 427k Moored between an unidentified minesweeper to starboard and Shelter (AM 301) to port, with Signet (AM 302) moored astern. Other minesweepers are in the background
    From the collection of Thomas Jordan Cook, crewmember 1945 - 1946

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Vernon Albert Brown, USNR22 September 1944 - 1 September 1945
    02LT William Peter Keats, USNR1 September 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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