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Fancy (MSF 234)

Call sign:
Nan - Dog - Item - Charlie

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

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 12 May 1944 by the Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Co., Seattle, WA
  • Launched 4 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS Fancy (AM 234), 13 December 1944
  • Transferred to the Soviet Union 20 May 1945 and reclassified T-272
  • Decommissioned 21 May 1945 at Cold Bay, AK
  • Assigned to the Pacific Fleet 17 June 1945
  • Transferred 23 October 1947 to the Ministry of Transport, converted to a and named Blizzard
  • Transferred to "Glavpromorrybprom" 7 August 1948
  • Reclassified by U.S. Navy as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-234, 7 February 1955
  • Scrapped in the early 1960s.


  • 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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    Commanding Officers
    01LT Frank DeWitt Abbott, USN13 December 1944 - 20 May 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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