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PC-1596 call sign:
Nan - Able - Charlie - King

ex-Effective (AM 92)

Adroit Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 9 February 1942 by the Dravo Corp., Neville Island, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Launched 12 June 1942
  • Commissioned USS Effective (AM 92), 1 October 1942
  • Reclassified as a Submarine Chaser, PC-1596, 1 June 1944
  • Decommissioned 9 November 1945 at Jacksonville, FL
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 November 1945
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal 30 July 1946 and sold to Mechanical Equipment of New Orleans, LA
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 295 t.
  • Length 173' 8"
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 6' 6"
  • Speed 16 kts.
  • Complement 65
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, one 40mm mount, five 20mm mounts, two depth charge tracks and two depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 900hp Cooper Bessemer GNB8 diesel engines (Serial No. 1975 and 1976), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    PC-1596 65k 6 March 1944
    National Archives Photo 19-N-1595
    Bob Daly/PC-1181

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Albert Alexander Campbell, USNR1 October 1942
    02LT Lawrence Howard Reybine, USNR22 May 1943
    03LT David Crockett, USN6 August 1943
    04LT James Creichton McKay, USNR4 June 1944 - August 1945
    05LT W. J. Taylor, USNRAugust 1945 - 9 November 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Effective (AM-92) was launched 13 June 1942 by Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, Pa., sponsored by Mrs. B. H. Rhoads; and commissioned 1 October 1942, Lieutenant Commander A. A. Campbell, USNR, in command. She was reclassified PC-1596, 1 June 1944.

    Effective sailed from New Orleans 11 November 1942, and called at Key West and Charleston before arriving at Norfolk 8 January 1943. After intensive training she arrived in Bermuda in February. She remained there on patrol and local escort, with occasional escort voyages to ports on the east coast, until 7 July 1944. Sailing from Bermuda she rendezvoused with a convoy bound for the Mediterranean.

    On 15 August 1944 PC-1596 saw action in the invasion of southern France. She continued to support the operation by escorting convoys among various Mediterranean ports, training and patrol. She departed Oran 27 May 1945 for the east coast and arrived at Jacksonville, Fla., in June. She was decommissioned 9 November 1945, and was transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal 30 July 1946.

    PC-1596 received one battle star for World War II service.

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