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Nucleus (MSF 268)

Call sign:
Nan - Peter - Roger - Victor

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

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 7 September 1942 by the Gulf Shipbuilding Co., Chickasaw, AL
  • Launched 12 June 1943
  • Completed 19 January 1944
  • Commissioned USS Nucleus (AM 268), 11 February 1944
  • Decommissioned 20 May 1945 at Cold Bay, AK
  • Transferred to the Soviet Union 21 May 1945 and reclassified T-278
  • Assigned to the Pacific Fleet 17 June 1945
  • Participated in the landing of troops in Seisin (Chongjin), Korea 14 August 1945 and Maoku (Kholmsk), Japan 20 August 1945
  • Awarded the "Guards Rank" 26 August 1945
  • Transferred 23 October 1947 to the Ministry of Transport and converted to a whaling vessel
  • Transferred to "Glavpromorrybprom" 7 August 1948 and named Hurricane
  • Reclassified by U.S. Navy as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-268, 7 February 1955
  • Scrapped in the early 1960s
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 January 1983.


  • 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 Davis Howard Elliot, USNR11 February 1944 - 20 May 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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