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Captivate (MSF 156)

Call sign:
November - Foxtrot - Bravo - Lima


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

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Originally planned as Captivate (AMc 133)
  • Reclassified as a Minesweeper, AM-156, 21 February 1942
  • Laid down 12 May 1942 by the Willamette Iron and Steel Corp., Portland, OR
  • Launched 1 December 1942
  • Commissioned USS Captivate (AM 156), 30 December 1943
  • Decommissioned 16 August 1945 at Cold Bay, AK; transferred to the Soviet Union and reclassified T-338
  • Assigned to the Pacific Fleet 31 August 1945
  • Reclassified by U.S. Navy as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-156, 7 February 1955
  • Converted to a Berthing Ship
  • Reclassified BRN-34, 3 December 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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    Captivate 131k In camouflage 32/21D, which is just visible above the pier
    National Archives photo 19-LCM-AM156-1
    Ships of the U.S. Navy in WWII “Dazzle” Camouflage
    Captivate 232k c. December 1943
    On shakedown cruise off Portland, OR
    From collection of H. W. "Mac" MacPherson, SM/2c, CAPTIVATE, 1943-1945
    Duane J. Gallagher, USS HAZARD, Omaha, Nebr.
    Photo added 15 April 2020

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Benjamin Franklin Kocel, USNR30 December 1943 - 16 August 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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