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Elusive (AM 225)

Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - Zebra - Mike

Elusive served the Navies of the United States and the Republic of China

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 29 December 1943 by the American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, OH
  • Launched 10 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS Elusive (AM 225), 19 February 1945
  • Decommissioned, 29 May 1946 at Shanghai, China and turned over to the Chinese Maritime Commission through the State Department
  • Renamed ROCS Yong Kang (PF 54)
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Chinese Navy list 6 January 1962
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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 projectors (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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    Size Image Description Source
    AM-153/217/225 55k c. May 1946
    Whangpoo River, Shanghai, China
    LCI-195, Buoyant (AM 153), Elusive, and Delegate (AM 217)
    Michael B. Kirby
    AM-217/225 70k 14 May 1946
    Whangpoo River, Shanghai, China
    Elusive outboard of Delegate (AM 217)

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Emery Nudd Cleaves, USNR19 February 1945 - 12 November 1945
    02LTJG Charles James Kittredge, Jr., USNR12 November 1945 - 29 May 1946
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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