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Advocate (MSF 138)

Advocate only served in the Soviet Navy

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Originally planned as Advocate (AMc 115)
  • Reclassified AM-138, 21 February 1942
  • Laid down 8 April 1942 by the Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, FL
  • Launched 1 November 1942
  • Completed 25 June 1943 and transferred to the Soviet Union and reclassified T-111 the same day
  • Named Senior Lieutenant Lekarev 13 April 1944
  • Used as a training vessel between 15 January - 12 March 1945
  • Reclassified by U.S. Navy as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-138, 7 February 1955
  • Returned to U.S. Navy custody 11 June 1956 (on paper only)
  • Reclassified as a Torpedo Carrier, TV-25, 3 November 1956
  • Reclassified as an Accommodation Vessel, PKZ-35, 14 May 1963
  • Scrapped 4 June 1969 and struck from the Soviet Navy list
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 January 1983.


  • Displacement 650 t., 840 t. (fl)
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9' 9"
  • Speed 14.8 kts.
  • Complement 85
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts, eight 20mm gun mounts, two 7.63mm Browning machine guns, one depth charge projector (hedgehogs), and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,710shp ALCO 539 diesel engines, Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Advocate 77k 13 May 1945
    Off Murmansk, Soviet Union
    Original photo: Alex I. Khomenko
    Kiev, Ukraine
    Replacement photo: George Pol
    Advocate 31k 13 May 1945
    T-111, T-113, ex-Alarm (AM 140 and T-116, ex-Arcade (AM 143) off Murmansk, Soviet Union
    George Pol

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Advocate (AM-138) was laid down on 8 April 1942 at Tampa, Fla., by the Tampa Shipbuilding Co.; launched on 1 November 1942; sponsored by Mrs. A. K. Brown; and completed on 25 June 1943. She was transferred to the Soviet Navy that same day as T-111. The Soviets have retained her since that time. Advocate was carried on the American Navy list— as MSF-138 after 7 February 1955—until struck from that list on 1 January 1983.

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