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Caution (MSF 158)

Call sign:
November - India - Hotel - Romeo


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

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Originally planned as Coastal Minesweeper, Caution (AMc 135)
  • Reclassified as a Minesweeper, AM-158, 21 February 1942
  • Laid down 23 May 1942 by the Willamette Iron and Steel Corp., Portland, OR
  • Launched 7 December 1942
  • Commissioned USS Caution (AM 158), 10 February 1944
  • Decommissioned 16 August 1945 at Cold Bay, AK; transferred to the Soviet Union and reclassified T-284
  • Assigned to the Pacific Fleet 31 August 1945
  • Reclassified as a Training Vessel 5 November 1945
  • Reclassified by U. S. Navy as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-158, 7 February 1955
  • Reclassified BRN-36, 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 single 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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    Caution 47k U.S. Navy photo 610-44-38 W. W. Beaver
    Crew member from commissioning to transfer of Caution to the Soviet Union

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Frederick Claude Crane, USNR10 February 1944 - 6 May 1945
    02LT Marshall Remy Craig, USNR6 May 1945 - 16 August 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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