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Agent (MSF 139)

Agent only served in the Soviet Navy

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Originally planned as Agent (AMc 116)
  • Reclassified AM-139
  • Laid down 8 April 1942 by the Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, FL
  • Launched 1 November 1942
  • Completed 7 July 1943, transferred to the Soviet Union and reclassified T-112 the same day
  • Named Senior Lieutenant Vladimirov 13 April 1944
  • Reclassified by U.S. Navy as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-139, 7 February 1955
  • Returned to U.S. Navy custody 15 October 1955 (on paper only) and reclassified as a Torpedo Carrier TB-21 the same day
  • Reclassified as a Transport Vessel, VTR-21, 8 March 1966
  • Reclassified UTS-288, 20 April 1972
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 January 1983
  • Abandoned 31 January 1991.


  • 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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    Size Image Description Source
    Agent 186k T-112 George Pol
    Agent 95k Victory Star indicating one submarine sinking
    Agent 93k Victory Star indicating 40 swept mines
    Agent 95k George Pol
    Agent 53k Photo from Soviet Navy in World War II Joe Radigan
    Agent 246k c. 2002
    The remains of UTS-288
    George Pol
    Agent 223k 10 June 2007
    Port side view with original hull number visable
    Agent 225k 10 June 2007
    Starboard side view
    Agent 405k 10 June 2007
    Looking aft
    Agent 195k 10 June 2007
    Looking forward
    Agent 241k 10 June 2007
    Port side 20mm gun tub

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