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Nimble (AM 266)

Call sign:
Nan - Peter - Queen - Sugar

Nimble served the Navies of the United States and the Republic of China.

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • The first Nimble was laid down 2 August 1943 by the American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, OH
  • Launched 24 December 1943
  • Commissioned 15 September 1944
  • Decommissioned 10 October 1946 at Subic Bay, Philippines
  • Transferred to the Republic of China 30 June 1948
  • Struck from the Naval Register 13 July 1948
  • Stripped and decommissioned in late 1950s
  • 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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    Nimble 53k . Dan Curtian
    Nimble 196k Nimble moored outboard of Pivot (AM 276) and Phantom (AM 273) in a nest of nine minesweepers and LCIs, at San Diego, California, circa 1945. LCI-633 is mooored to port
    Courtesy of Ted Stone 1979
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 89284
    Mike Green

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Francis Robert Kitchell, Jr., USNR15 September 1944
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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