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Sustain (MMC-2)

Call sign:
November - Bravo - Golf - Kilo

Sustain served the Navies of the United States and Norway.

Auk Class Minesweeper/Strive Class Minelayer:

  • Laid down 17 November 1941 at American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, OH
  • Launched 23 June 1942
  • Commissioned USS Sustain (AM-119), 9 November 1942
  • Placed out of commission, in reserve, 17 June 1946 at San Diego, CA and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists out of commission, in reserve as December 1945
  • Recommissioned 14 January 1952
  • Placed out of commission, in-reserve, 9 October 1954 at Green Cove Springs, FL and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-119, 5 February 1955
  • Conversion to a Coastal Minelayer began 15 September 1958 at Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, SC
  • Reclassified MMC-2, 31 October 1958
  • Conversion completed 30 September 1959
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 October 1959, transferred to Norway and renamed Tyr (N 47)
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 890 t.
  • Length 221' 2"
  • Beam 32'
  • Draft 10' 9"
  • Speed 18.1 kts.
  • Complement 105
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 40mm gun mounts, two 20mm gun mounts, two depth charge tracks and five depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 1,766shp General Motors 12-278 diesel electric engines, Farrel- Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    USS Sustain (AM 119)
    Sustain 46k . Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    am-114 95k Moored San Diego or San Pedro, c. 1946
    From left to right: Strive (AM-117), Sustain, Steady (AM-118), and Staff (AM-114)
    U.S. Navy photo NH 79735
    Naval Historical Center
    Sustain 36k 22 April 1954 Tommy Trampp
    Tyr (N 47)
    Sustain 117k Sustain is transferred to the Norwegian Navy following conversion at the Charleston Navy Shipyard and renamed Tyr (N 47). The transfer took place on 1 October 1959. The stern of Tyr's sister ship Gor (N 48) (converted from USS Strive (MMC 1), ex-MSF-117, ex-AM-117 is visible at the extreme right
    U.S. Navy photo NH 96868
    Naval Historical Center
    Sustain 77k Photographed 14 October 1959, soon after her transfer to Norway.
    Courtesy of the U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis, MD
    Collection of James C. Fahey.
    U.S. Navy photos NH 68588
    Sustain 90k Photographed 14 October 1959, soon after her transfer to Norway.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 96870
    Sustain 49k c. 1968 Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Morgan Hamilton Harris, USNR9 November 1942 - 13 October 1943
    02LCDR James Edward Lindeman, Jr., USNR - Awarded the Bronze Star (1944)13 October 1943 - 29 October 1945
    03LT Thomas Leavey Cleaver, Jr., USNR29 October 1945
    04LTJG Ernest Alfred Piersall, USNR2 March 1946
    05ENS Romeo Emerson Wilcox, USN15 May 1946 - 17 June 1946
    06LT Mitchell Joseph Karlowicz, USNNovember 1953 - 1954
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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