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Terror (MMF 5)

Call sign:
November - Echo - Foxtrot - Victor

Terror Class Minelayer:

  • Laid down 3 September 1940 at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA
  • Launched 6 June 1941
  • Commissioned USS Terror (CM-5), 15 July 1942
  • Decommissioned in July 1947 at Charleston, SC
  • Placed in service, in reserve, during the Korean War
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minelayer, MM-5, 7 February 1955
  • Designation for Fleet Minelayer changed to MMF-5 in October 1955
  • Decommissioned 6 August 1956
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 November 1970
  • Sold for scrap in November 1971 to the Union Minerals and Alloys Corp. of New York, NY.


  • Displacement 5,875 t.
  • Length 454' 10"
  • Beam 60' 2'
  • Draft 19' 7"
  • Speed 20.3 kts.
  • Compliment 481
  • Armament: Four 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts, and 16 - 1.1" mounts
    Later replaced 1.1" mounts with four quad 40mm gun mounts and fourteen 20mm guns
  • Propulsion: Two sets of 11,000shp General Electric double-reduction geared steam turbines, two shafts.
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    Terror 443 Terror a few days before her launching on 6 June1941 at Philadelphia Navy Yard
    International News photo
    David Buell
    Terror 345 6 June 1941
    Launching Program
    Ron Reeves
    Terror 114k Loading Mk VI mines at Yorktown, Virginia, for the Casablanca operation circa October 1942
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NR&L(M) 35192
    Original photo: Joe Radigan
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    Terror 63k - USS Terror website
    Terror 90k The imposing Terror, in the Deleware River on 24 August 1942, carries a Mk 4 radar atop the director for the Mk 37 fire-control system but no search radars; a crow's nest surmounts
    the foremast.
    U.S. Navy photo
    Joe Radigan
    Terror 705k 24 August 1942
    Broadside view off the Philadelphia Navy Yard
    U.S. Navy photo 1304-42
    David Buell
    Terror 780k 24 August 1942
    Overhead view off the Philadelphia Navy Yard
    U.S. Navy photo 1317-42
    Terror 106k Near the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 24 August 1942 following completion of sea trials.
    National Archives photo 19-N-34288
    Robert Hurst
    Terror 154k At the Philadelphia Navy Yard, either just before sea trials or during her post-sea trial availability between 25 August and 16 September 1942. The transport in the background is USS Monticello (AP-61) which completed conversion on 10 September 1942.
    Terror 80k c. 1943.
    U.S. Navy photo
    Joe Radigan
    Terror 164k c. 1943
    U.S. Navy photo from the 1943/1944 edition of Janes Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    Terror 175k Arriving at Pearl Harbor in May 1945 after being damaged by a Kamikaze on 1 May 1945 off Okinawa. The Kamikaze struck in the dark area under the after stack and mainmast and cost the ship 171 casualties including 48 dead and missing. The deflectors just under the funnel caps were fitted in September 1944. Original photo: USS Terror Website
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    Terror 92k Mare Island, CA on 9 August 1945 after her Mare Island refit, the Terror displays her final wartime configuration. Two additional quadruple 40-mm antiaircraft mounts joined the four already aboard, and the twin 40-mm mount just forward of the bridge was retained. Two single Army-pattern 40-mm guns were removed, the ten single 20-mm guns were exchanged for eight twin mountings, and antiaircraft firecontrol was augmented through the addition of two Mk 29 radar-equipped Mk 57 directors.
    Near Mare Island, CA on 9 August 1945 after repairs to Kamikaze damage. Alterations included the fitting of a twin 40 mm mount forward of the bridge and a radar platform at the top of
    the foremast.
    Photo 5864-45
    Original photo: Joe Radigan
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    Terror 93k Near Mare Island, CA on 9 August 1945 after repairs to Kamikaze damage.
    National Archives photo 19-N-88289 and 19-N-88288
    Robert Hurst
    Terror 89k
    Terror 135k 4 November 1945
    Sasebo, Japan
    Flagship ComMinePac
    USS Terror Website
    Terror 356k c. 16 - 23 January 1946
    Pearl Harbor, HI
    Ships present are: Bennington (CV-20) moored across the channel at NAS Ford Island, LCS(L)(3)-43 underway in bound in the channel, Troilus (AKA-46) moored astern of Cape Gloucester (CVE-109), LST-1079 moored astern of LST-1070, Terror, LST-459 with LCT-1015 secured to her main deck, astern of LST-863. Moored forward of LST-863 are an unidentifed Minesweeper and two Rescue and Salvage ships. The next pier has two unidentified ships, possibly AKs, the Survey Ship Sumner (AGS-5), and two unidentifed Minesweepers. LST-737 moored astern of LST-45 moored astern of numerous Minesweepers and possibly Shipley Bay (CVE-85)
    BuAer photo 496019 from CINCPAC, Released 23 January 1946
    David Buell
    Terror 366k .
    Terror 426k Original photo: National Archives photo 80-G-411681
    Replacement photo: c. 1950
    Original photo: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Howard Wesley Fitch, USN15 July 1942 - 30 April 1944
    02CDR Horrace William Blakeslee, USN30 April 1944 - 15 June 1945
    03CAPT Richard Tenney Spofford, USN15 June 1945 - 31 December 1946
    04LCDR Henry dePeyster Teller, USN31 December 1946 - 24 November 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Reunion Information
    Place & date: 21 - 28 September 2014
    Contact: Sal Rizza
    Phone: 321-454-2344
    Web site: 
    Remarks:  USS Randolph (CVA/CVS 15) - USS Terror (CM 5)

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    DANFS history entry located on the Naval Historical Center website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Terror (CM-5)
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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