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Improve (AM-247)

Call sign:
Nan - Fox - Yoke - Dog

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 1 June 1943 at Savannah Machine and Foundry Co., Savannah, GA
  • Launched 26 September 1943
  • Commissioned USS Improve (AM-247), 29 February 1944
  • Decommissioned 6 November 1946 at Seattle, WA
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in February 1948 for disposal
  • Sold 24 February 1949 to Ricardo Granja and renamed Ecuador
  • Sunk in 1953.


  • 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 and two 40mm gun mount, six 20mm gun mounts, one depth charge projector (hedgehog), 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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    Improve 38k c. June 1945 Naval Minewarfare

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Paul William Howle, Jr., USNR29 February 1944 - 23 February 1945
    02LT Byron Henry Patek, USNR23 February 1945 - 1 December 1945
    03LT John Lee Brewer, USN27 May 1946 - 6 November 1946
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
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    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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