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Capable (MSF 155)

Call sign:
November - Foxtrot - Alpha - Delta


Capable served the Navies of the United States and the Soviet Union.

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Originally planned as Capable (AMc 132)
  • Reclassified as a Minesweeper, AM-155, 21 February 1942
  • Laid down 12 May 1942 by the Willamette Iron and Steel Corp., Portland, OR
  • Launched 16 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS Capable (AM 155), 5 December 1943
  • Decommissioned 16 August 1945 at Cold Bay, AK; transferred to the Soviet Union and reclassified T-339
  • Assigned to the Pacific Fleet 31 August 1945
  • Participated in the Kurile Islands, Japan landing operation in August 1945
  • Reclassified Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-155, 7 February 1955
  • Converted to an Auxiliary 11 July 1956
  • Scrapped 18 January 1960
  • Struck from the Naval 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 (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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    Capable 145k 6 July 1945
    Off Seattle, Washington as she heads for Cold Bay, Alaska
    National Archives photos BS 86282 and BS 86285 from the Bureau of Ships Collection
    Mike Green
    Capable 175k

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Wilbert Clarence Kunz, USNR5 December 1943 - 16 August 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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