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PC-1599 call sign:
Nan - Able - Fox - Able

ex-Exploit (AM 95)

Adroit Class Minesweeper:

  • The first Exploit was laid down 11 May 1942 by the Jakobson Shipyard, Inc., Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY
  • Launched 7 September 1942
  • Commissioned Exploit (AM 95), 5 February 1943
  • Reclassified as a Submarine Chaser, PC-1599, 1 June 1944
  • Damaged by grounding 1 June 1945 off Hagushi, Okinawa
  • Reclassified as a Control Submarine Chaser, PCC-1599, 20 August 1945
  • Decommissioned 14 December 1945 at San Francisco, CA
  • Struck from the Naval Register 8 January 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal 18 March 1949
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists transfer to the War Shipping Administration as March 1948
  • Acquired in 1956 to the Submarex Corp. of Santa Barbara, CA for use as an oil exploration vessel and renamed Exploit
  • Out of documentation in 1966
  • 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. 1987 and 1988), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    PC-1599 117k PC-1599 Bob Daly/PC-1181

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Sherman Arthur Hill, USNR5 February 1943
    02LT Peter Sheridan, USNR16 February 1944
    03LTJG Alan R. Johnston, USNRJune 1944 - November 1944
    04LTJG Arthur F. Riedel, USNRNovember 1944 - August 1945
    05LT James L. Milne, USNRAugust 1945 - October 1945
    06LT Mark Richard Evarts, USNROctober 1945 - 14 December 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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