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Arcade (MSF 143)

Arcade only served in the Soviet Navy

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Originally planned as Arcade (AMc 120)
  • Reclassified AM-143, 21 February 1942
  • Laid down 8 June 1942 by the Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, FL
  • Launched 7 December 1942
  • Completed 26 August 1943
  • Transferred 26 September 1943 to the Soviet Union and reclassified T-116
  • Assigned to the Northern Fleet
  • Sank the German Submarine U-362, 5 September 1944
  • Reclassified by U.S. Navy as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-143, 7 February 1955
  • Returned to U.S. Navy custody 11 July 1956 (on paper only) and reclassified as a Torpedo Transport, TB-23
  • Reclassified as a Floating Target, SM-7, 23 October 1962 and used for rocket testing
  • Scrapped 4 May 1963
  • 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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    Arcade (AM 143)
    Arcade 48k 7 December 1942
    Joe Radigan
    Arcade 173k . George Pol
    Arcade 90k T-116 line drawing
    Arcade 83k Photo from Soviet Navy in World War II Joe Radigan
    Arcade 152k c. 1944 George Pol
    Arcade 182k
    Advocate 31k 13 May 1945
    T-111, ex-Advocate (AM 138); T-113, ex-Alarm (AM 140) and T-116 off Murmansk, Soviet Union
    Arcade 145k c. 1946
    Arcade 125k Photo from the book "Flot SSSR, Korabli i suda lendliza" (Soviet Navy. Lend-lease Warships and Vessels) by
    S. S. Berezhnoi
    Alex I. Khomenko
    Kiev, Ukraine

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