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Buoyant (AM-153)

Call sign:
Nan - Easy - Xray - Dog


Buoyant served the Navies of the United States and the Republic of China.

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Originally planned as the Coastal Minesweeper, Buoyant (AMc 130)
  • Reclassified as a Minesweeper, AM-153, 21 February 1942
  • Laid down 15 April 1942 by the Willamette Iron and Steel Corp., Portland, OR
  • Launched 24 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS Buoyant (AM 153), 30 September 1943
  • Decommissioned 29 May 1946 at Shanghai, China and sold by the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission the same day for transfer to the Republic of China
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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 (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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    317k 8 September 1943.
    Port broadside view of Buoyant (AM-153) at Portland Oregon.
    Dale J. Savell.
    296k 8 September 1943.
    Bow view of Buoyant (AM-153) at Portland Oregon.
    Dale J. Savell.
    177k September 1943.
    The Commanding Officer of Buoyant (AM-153) from 30 September 1943 to 25 June 1945 was Walter Lee Savell, Jr.
    Dale J. Savell.
    Buoyant 133k Buoyant (AM-153) in a port broadside view at Dutch Harbor, Alaska on 11 June 1944, in Measure 32/21d camouflage scheme
    National Archives photo 80-G-386659, courtesy of C. Lee Johnson, Ships of the U.S. Navy in WWII “Dazzle” Camouflage
    Mike Green
    AM-153/217/225 55k c. May 1946.
    LCI-195, Buoyant, Elusive (AM 225), and Delegate (AM 217) on the Whangpoo River, Shanghai, China
    Michael B. Kirby

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Walter Lee Savell, Jr., USNR30 September 1943 - 25 June 1945
    02LT Peter Sheridan, USNR25 June 1945 - 11 October 1945
    03LT Alfred Paul Dohoney, USNR11 October 1945
    04LTJG William Warren Quantrell, Jr., USN12 December 1945
    05LT Alfred Paul Dohoney, USNR2 January 1946
    06LTJG William Warren Quantrell, Jr., USN5 February 1946 - 29 May 1946
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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