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Minivet (AM 371)

Call sign:
Nan - How - Zebra - Victor

Sunk 29 December 1945

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 19 July 1944 by the Savannah Machine and Foundry Co., Savannah, GA
  • Launched 8 November 1944
  • Commissioned 29 May 1945
  • Struck a mine in the Tsushima Straits and sank, 29 December 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 21 January 1946.


  • Displacement 890 t.
  • Length 221' 1"
  • Beam 32' 2"
  • Draft 10' 9"
  • Speed 18.1 kts.
  • Complement 117
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 40mm gun mounts, six 20mm gun mounts, one depth charge projector (hedgehog), four depth charge projectors (k-guns), and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,566shp General Motors 12-278A diesel electric drive engines, Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Minivet 60k . Ron Reeves
    Minivet 242k Sinking after hitting a mine off Tsushima Island, Japan, during mine clearance operations on 29 December 1945. At right is a Japanese mine-destructor trawler moving in to rescue survivors. Photographed from USS Redstart (AM-378)
    National Archives photo 80-G-607204
    Mike Green

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Richard Legreze, USNR29 May 1945 - 17 September 1945
    02LT Robert Tate Irvine , USNR17 September 1945 - 29 December 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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