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USS Gladiator (MSF 319)
ex-USS Gladiator (AM 319)



Call sign:
November - Charlie - Mike - Echo

ex-HMS Blaze (BAM 6)


Gladiator served the Navies of the United States and Mexico.

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • The first Gladiator was laid down 7 January 1943 as HMS Blaze (BAM 6) by the General Engineering and Dry Dock Co., Alameda, CA
  • Renamed and reclassified Gladiator (AM-319) in January 1943
  • Launched 1 May 1943
  • Commissioned USS Gladiator (AM-319), 23 February 1944
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as March 1946
  • Decommissioned 4 October 1946 at San Diego, CA and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned 29 February 1952 at Long Beach, CA
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-319, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 15 March 1955 at Long Beach, CA and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Long Beach Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 July 1972
  • Sold to Mexico and renamed ARM Santos Degollado (G 07), 19 September 1972
  • Reclassified P-106
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 890 t.
  • Length 221' 2"
  • Beam 32' 2"
  • Draft 10' 9"
  • Speed 18.1 kts.
  • Complement 105
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two twin 40mm gun mounts, two 20mm gun mounts, two depth charge tracks, and five depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion two 1,988shp Baldwin VO8 diesel electric drive engines, Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Gladiator (AM 319)
    Gladiator 178k . USS Gladiator (MCM 11) Website
    Gladiator 102k . Joe Radigan
    Gladiator 73k 8 October 1952
    Laertes (AR-20) at Sasebo, Japan, with nine minesweepers and a harbor tug alongside. Ships nested from left to right are: Impeccable (AM-320), Gladiator, Shoveler (AM-382), Defense (AM-317), and Devastator (AM-318), Laertes, Condor (AMS-5), Kite (AMS-22), Curlew (AMS-8), Chatterer (AMS-40), and Wallacut (YTB-420)
    National Archives photo 80-G-63229
    Naval Historical Center
    Competent 303k 29 February 1952
    Long Beach, CA
    Recommissioning of Competent (AM 316), Gladiator and Devastator (AM 318)
    Ron Reeves
    Gladiator 149k 29 February 1952
    Long Beach, CA
    Closeup of above photo
    Robert Hurst
    Competent 248k 29 February 1952
    Long Beach, CA
    Recommissioning of Competent (AM 316), Gladiator and Devastator (AM 318)
    Ron Reeves
    Competent 790k Long Beach Press-Telegram article dated 29 February 1952
    ARM Santos Degollado (P 106)
    Gladiator 74k Mexican Navy photo Mexican Navy

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Robert William Costello, USNR23 February 1944 - 1 October 1945
    02LT Frederick Small Eyster, USNR1 October 1945 - 4 October 1946
    ??LT Joe R. Perry, USN29 February 1952
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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    Association of Minemen
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