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Project (AM 278)

Call sign:
Nan - Peter - Zebra - Peter

Project served the Navies of the United States and the Philippines.

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 1 July 1943 at Gulf Shipbuilding Corp., Chickasaw, AL
  • Launched 20 November 1943
  • Commissioned USS Project (AM 278), 22 August 1944
  • Decommissioned 13 June 1946 at Subic Bay, Philippines
  • Struck from the Navy Register 16 September 1947
  • Transferred to the Philippines 24 May 1948 andrenamed RPS Samar (M 33)
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Corvette, PS-33
  • 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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    Project 65k Flying Philippine colors but still wearing her U.S. Navy hull number
    Philippine Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Project 49k c. 1956
    Philippine Navy photo from the 1956/1957 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Edgar Samuel Downs, USNR22 August 1944 - 8 March 1945
    02LT Erski William McKinley, USNR8 March 1945 - 1 May 1945
    03LT William Paul Alexander, USNR1 May 1945 - 1 June 1945
    04LT Erski William McKinley, USNR1 June 1945 - 15 August 1945
    05LT William Paul Alexander, USNR15 August 1945
    06LT Kenneth Daniel Dunckel, USNR16 December 1945 - 28 May 1946
    07LCDR William Bartels, USNR28 May 1946 - 13 June 1946
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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