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Astute (MSF 148)

Call sign:
November - Echo - Quebec - Alpha


Astute served the Navies of the United States and the Soviet Union

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Originally planned as Astute (AMc 125)
  • Reclassified AM-148, 21 February 1942
  • Laid down 7 December 1942 by the Tampa Shipbuilding Co. Inc., Tampa, FL
  • Launched 23 February 1943
  • Commissioned USS Astute (AM 148), 17 January 1944
  • Decommissioned 18 July 1945 at Cold Bay, AK; transferred to the Soviet Union and reclassified T-333
  • Assigned to the Pacific Fleet
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-148, 7 February 1955
  • Reclassified as a Dispatch Ship
  • Named Kurchum 1 September 1955
  • Reclassified as a Receiving Ship, BRN-9
  • Scrapped 18 January 1960
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 January 1983.


  • Displacement 650 t.
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9' 9"
  • Speed 14.8 kts.
  • Complement 104
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two twin 40mm gun mounts, one depth charge projector (hedgehog), and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,710shp ALCO 539 diesel engines, Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Commanding Officers
    01LT A. E. Downing, USNRMay 1945
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