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HMS Elfreda (J 402)
ex-Overseer (AM 321)
ex-HMS Elfreda (BAM 16)


Overseer served the Navies of Great Britain and Turkey.

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 7 September 1942 as HMS Elfreda (BAM 16) by the General Engineering and Dry Dock Co., Alameda, CA
  • Renamed and reclassified Overseer (AM 321), 23 January 1943
  • Launched 25 January 1943
  • Reverted to the name and classification HMS Elfreda (BAM 16), 19 June 1943
  • Completed, delivered and transferred to Great Britain as HMS Elfreda (J 402), 22 December 1943
  • Struck from the Naval Register 13 December 1946
  • Returned to the U. S. Navy custody 30 June 1947
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists transfer to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission as January 1947
  • Sold to Turkey 13 November 1947 and renamed TCG Çesme (M 505)
  • Reclassified as a Headquarters Ship, A-595 in 1964
  • Struck from the Turkish Navy list in 1974
  • 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 single 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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    TCG Çesme (M 505)
    Overseer 63k . Cüneyt Demir
    TCG Çesme (A 595)
    Overseer 63k . Cüneyt Demir
    Overseer 232k c. October 1975
    Izmir, Turkey
    Photo by Tirasso
    Paolo Marsan

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