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Swerve (AM 121)

Call sign:
Nan - Baker - King - Charlie

Sunk 9 July 1944

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 27 May 1942 by the John H. Mathis Co., Camden, NJ
  • Launched 25 February 1943
  • Commissioned 23 January 1944
  • Struck a mine and sank off Anzio Beach, Italy 9 July 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register 22 August 1944.


  • 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 reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Swerve 50k c. 1944
    National Archives photo from Allied Escort Ships of World War II by Peter Elliott
    Krlicbegovic Edib
    Bosnia & Hercegovina
    Swerve 50k U.S. Navy photo from the February 1947 edition of All Hands magazine. Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Andrew Morthland, USNR23 January 1944 - 9 July 1944
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
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    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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