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Disdain (MSF 222)

Call sign:
November - Charlie - Xray - India

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

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 23 October 1943 by the American Ship Building Co., Lorain, OH
  • Launched 25 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS Disdain (AM 222), 26 December 1944
  • Decommissioned 21 May 1945 at Cold Harbor, AK
  • Transferred to the Soviet Union 22 May 1945 and reclassified T-271
  • Assigned to the Pacific Fleet 5 June 1945
  • Transferred to the Ministry of Transport 14 July 1947, converted to a Whaling ship and named Storm
  • Transferred to "Glavpromorrybprom" 7 August 1948
  • Reclassified by U.S. Navy as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-222, 7 February 1955
  • Scrapped in early 1960.


  • Displacement 945 t. (fl)
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9' 9"
  • Speed 14.8 kts.
  • Complement 104
  • Armament: One 3"/50 cal. dual purpose mount, one twin 40mm gun mount, six 20mm gun mounts, one depth charge projector (hedgehogs), four depth charge projectiles (K-guns), and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,710shp Cooper Bessemer GSB-8 diesel engines, National Supply Co. single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    USS Disdain (AM 222)
    Disdain 100k Under construction Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Whaling Ship Storm
    Disdain 180k 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
    01CDR John Samuel Chambers, USNR26 December 1944 - 23 January 1945
    02LT Henry David Lindsay, Jr., USNR23 January 1945 - 21 May 1945
    Commanding Officers
    01Captain Valentina Yakovlevna Orlikova, Soviet Merchant Marine1947 - 1953
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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    Association of Minemen
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