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Arch (MSF 144)

Arch only served in the Soviet Navy

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Originally planned as Arch (AMc 121)
  • Reclassified as AM-144, 21 February 1942
  • Laid down 10 October 1942 by the Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, FL
  • Launched 7 December 1942
  • Completed 6 September 1943
  • Transferred to the Soviet Union 9 September 1943 and reclassified T-117
  • Assigned to the Federation Council 24 November 1943
  • Reclassified by U.S. Navy as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-144, 7 February 1955
  • Returned to U.S. Navy custody 15 October 1955 (on paper only) and reclassified as a Torpedo Carrier, TB-22
  • Reclassified as a Transport, BTR-22, 8 March 1966
  • Scrapped 19 September 1967
  • 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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    Arch 66k Novaya Zemlya, Soviet Union George Pol
    Arch 101k c. 1944
    Arch 191k c. September 1945
    Streaming sweep gear.
    Arch 102k
    Arch 79k
    Arch 94k
    Arch 80k Victory Star
    Arch 94k George Pol
    Arch 68k Photo from Soviet Navy in World War II Joe Radigan

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