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Call sign:
Nan - Fox - Tare - Victor

YMS-273 served the Navies of the United States and the Soviet Union

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 7 September 1942 by the Bellingham Marine Railway and Boat Building Co., Bellingham, WA
  • Launched 26 December 1942
  • Completed 7 July 1943 and commissioned USS YMS-273
  • Transferred to the Soviet Union 19 July 1945 and reclassified T-598
  • Assigned to the Pacific Fleet 1 August 1945
  • Placed out of service 15 April 1955 and laid up
  • Scrapped 11 July 1956.


  • Displacement 270 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 23' 4"
  • Draft 8' 7"
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 60
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 20mm mounts, two depth charge tracks and two depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, two shafts.
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    YMS-273 82k YMS-1 Class scale drawing
    From the collection of William J. Lippincott
    John Lippincott
    YMS-273 36k Commissioning ceremony
    From the collection of William J. Lippincott
    YMS-273 29k From the collection of William J. Lippincott
    YMS-273 94k 7 July 1943
    Near Bellingham, WA
    From the collection of William J. Lippincott
    YMS-273 304k Slightly different version of above photo
    From the collection of Herbert C. Hurley via Robert B. Hurley
    Robert B. Hurley

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Silas C. Kivett, Jr., USN7 July 1943
    02LTJG William J. Lippincott, Jr., USNR1945
    ??LTJG James F. Mracek, USNR
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and James Mracek, II

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