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Bond (MSF 152)

Call sign:
November - Echo - Victor - Aplha


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

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Originally planned as the Coastal Minesweeper Bond (AMc 129)
  • Reclassified as a Minesweeper AM-152, 21 February 1942
  • Laid down 11 April 1942 by the Willamette Iron and Steel Corp., Portland, OR
  • Launched 21 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS Bond (AM 152), 30 August 1943
  • Decommissioned 17 August 1945 at Cold Bay, AK, transferred to the Soviet Union and reclassified T-285
  • Assigned to the Pacific Fleet 31 August 1945
  • Reclassified as a Training Vessel
  • Reclassified by U.S. Navy as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-152, 7 February 1955
  • Reclassified by the Soviet Union as an Auxiliary Vessel, BRN-37, 11 July 1956
  • Scrapped 18 January 1960.


  • 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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    USS Bond (AM 152)
    Bond 118k From a WW II Christmas Card sent by Edmond T. Cobley Joyce Neely
    daughter of Edmond T. Cobley
    Bond 139k Wearing camouflage 32/21D in June 1944
    Photos BS 83800 and BS 83801 from the National Archives Bureau of Ships collection
    Ships of the U.S. Navy in WWII “Dazzle” Camouflage
    Bond 145k
    Bond 247k 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

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Coburn Lewis Grabenhorst, USNR30 August 1943 - 9 April 1944
    02LT Robert Andrew Gielow, USNR9 April 1944 - 13 May 1945
    03LT Jerome Johnson Crowe, Jr., USNR13 May 1945 - 16 August 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History:


    Bond is a noun denoting a binding force or influence.

    Bond (AMc-129) was reclassified AM-152, 21 February 1942; launched 21 October 1942 by Willamette Iron and Steel Corp., Portland, Oreg.; commissioned 30 August 1943, Lieutenant C. L. Grabenhorst, USNR, in command; and reported to the Pacific Fleet.

    Between 2 October and 20 November 1943 Bond operated at San Pedro, Calif., and then steamed to the Aleutian Islands, via Pearl Harbor, arriving at Adak 13 December. Between December 1943 and June 1944 Bond performed minesweeping operations at Adak, Attu, Dutch Harbor, Kiska, and Amchitka. On 29 June 1944 she left Dutch Harbor and steamed to San Francisco arriving 7 June.

    After repairs, Bond departed San Francisco 8 August 1944 for Saipan, Marianas Islands, via Pearl Harbor and Eniwetok. Between 2 and 28 September she patrolled in the vicinity of Saipan and then commenced convoy escort operations between Saipan, Ulithi, Guam, and Eniwetok.

    On 13 May 1945 Bond departed Pearl Harbor and sailed to Portland, Oreg. After undergoing repairs at Portland and later at Seattle, Wash., she sailed to Cold Bay, Alaska, where she was transferred under Lend-Lease to the U. S. S. R., 17 August 1945. Reclassified MSF-152, 7 February 1955, Bond remains in Russian hands.

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