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Palisade (AM 270)

Call sign:
Nan - Peter - Tare - Charlie

Palisade served the Navies of the United States and the Soviet Union.

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 21 September 1942 by the Gulf Shipbuilding Co., Chickasaw, AL
  • Launched 26 June 1943
  • Commissioned USS Palisade (AM 270), 9 March 1944
  • Decommissioned 21 May 1945 at Cold Bay, AK
  • Transfered to the Soviet Union 22 May 1945 and reclassified T-278
  • Assigned to the Pacific Fleet 22 June 1945
  • Participated in the landing in Rasin (Najin), Korea 12 August 1945
  • Reportedly sunk off Kham Island, Korea, 14/15 August 1945 by mines previously laid by U.S. aircraft, but was only damaged
  • Converted to a target vessel 21 September 1951 and reclassified PKZ-38
  • Scrapped 31 July 1957.


  • 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 855shp Cooper Bessemer GSB-8 diesel engines, National Supply Co. single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    American Ship Building
    263k The Palisade (AM-270) was built by the Gulf Shipbuilding Co., Chickasaw, AL, a few miles upstream of the Port of Mobile.
    Here in August 1917, after the United States entered World War I, U.S. Steel established Chickasaw Shipbuilding. The yard closed after World War I but was reopened in 1940 by Waterman Steamship Corp. as Gulf Shipbuilding.
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    American Ship Building
    263k Rear Admiral Popov speaks aboard an Admirable-class minesweeper during the ship's transfer ceremony, probably on 21 or 22 May 1945. United States Navy photo via National Archives - Scanned from Russell, Richard A., Project Hula: Secret Soviet-American Cooperation in the War Against Japan, Washington, D.C.: Naval Historical Center, 1997, ISBN0-945274-35-1, page 21. Caption information from same source., Public Domain,
    Palisade 98k 25 April 1944
    Norfolk Navy Yard
    She is wearing Measure 16 - Thayer System colors
    U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Floating Drydock from "Naval Camouflage 1914-1945: A Complete Visual Reference", by David Williams
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR William Henry Rothwell, II, USNR9 March 1944 - 12 January 1944
    02LT Arthur Thomas Row, Jr., USN12 January 1944 - 21 May 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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