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Quest (AM 281)

Call sign:
Nan - Queen - Fox - George

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

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down, 24 November 1943 at Gulf Shipbuilding Corp., Chickasaw, AL
  • Launched, 16 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS Quest (AM 281), 25 October 1944
  • Decommissioned, 2 May 1946
  • Struck from the Navy Register 29 September 1947
  • Transferred to the Philippines 2 July 1948
  • Designated as the Presidential Yacht and renamed RPS APO-21
  • Renamed Pagasa
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Corvette and renamed Santa Maria
  • Renamed RPS Mount Samat (TK 21)
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 945 t.(fl)
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9' 9"
  • Speed 14.8 kts.
  • Complement 104
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount and one twin 40mm gun mount, six single 20mm gun mounts, one depth charge thrower (hedgehogs), four depth charge projectiles (K-guns), 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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    USS Quest (AM 281)
    Quest 294k c. November 1944 Ed Zajkowski
    Quest 89k Wearing camouflage 32/23D reversed port and starboard in Mobile Bay, AL on 2 November 1944
    National Archives photo BS 74053 from the Bureau of Ships collection
    Ships of the U.S. Navy in WWII “Dazzle” Camouflage
    RPS APO-21
    Quest 53k c. 1952 Robert Hurst
    RPS Santa Maria
    Quest 74k c. 1956
    Philippine Navy photo from the 1956/1957 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    RPS Mount Samat (TK 21)
    Quest 111k U.S. Navy photo by G. Arra Joe Radigan
    Quest 53k c. 1965 Robert Hurst
    Quest 161k c. 1971
    Philippine Navy photo

    Commanding Officers
    01LT John Thomas Riley, Jr., USNR25 October 1944 - 16 September 1945
    02LT Robert Randolph Garnett, USNR16 September 1945 - 23 November 1945
    03LTJG Frederick Ralph Barnes, USNR23 November 1945 - 22 April 1946
    04LTJG Robert Lucien Cleveland, USNR22 April 1946 - 2 May 1946
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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