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Phantom (AM 273)

Call sign:
Nan - Peter - William - Charlie

Phantom served the Navies of the United States and the Republic of China

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 1 February 1943 at Gulf Shipbuilding Corp., Chickasaw, AL
  • Launched 25 July 1943
  • Commissioned USS Phantom (AM 273), 17 May 1944
  • Decommissioned 10 October 1946 at Subic Bay, Philippines and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Transferred 15 June 1948 to the Nationalist Chinese Navy and renamed Yung Ming
  • Struck from the Naval Register 13 July 1948
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Chinese Navy list in October 1949
  • Sold for scrap in July 1951.


  • 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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    Nimble 196k Phantom (AM 273) moored inboard of Pivot (AM 276) and Nimble (AM 266) 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 Lawrence Dana, USNR17 May 1944 - 30 March 1945
    02LT James Edward Lambert, USNR30 March 1945 - 18 November 1945
    03LT Arthur McGraw, USNR18 November 1945 - 7 January 1946
    04LTJG Ben Frank Palmer, USN7 January 1946 - 10 October 1946
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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