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Salute (AM-294)

Call sign:
Nan - Queen - Mike - Charlie

Sunk 8 June 1945

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 11 November 1942 at Winslow Marine Railway and Shipbuilding Co, Seattle, WA
  • Launched 6 February 1943
  • Commissioned 4 December 1943
  • Struck a mine and sank 8 June 1945 in Brunei Bay, Borneo
  • Struck from the Naval Register 11 July 1945.


  • 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, one twin 40mm gun mount, six single 20mm gun mounts, one depth charge thrower (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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    USS Salute (AM 294)
    Salute 183k Probably in 1943 to early 1944 during her sea trails. Note the Winslow Marine flag above her bridge
    Photo added 18 June 2020
    Delta Squad
    Salute 67k Probably in 1943 to early 1944 during her sea trails
    Photo added 18 June 2020
    Salute 94k Bureau of Ships photo BS 67093
    Salute 29k Hyperwar U.S. Navy in World War II
    Salute 81k c. 1943 Robert Hurst
    Salute 133k Wearing camouflage 32/21D on March 16, 1944
    National Archives photo BS 62236 from the Bureau of Ships collection
    Ships of the U.S. Navy in WWII “Dazzle” Camouflage
    Salute 70k Delta Squad
    Salute 36k American and Brunei divers on Salute wreck
    Salute 89k

    Photos contributed by Delta Squad
    Photos added 18 June 2020

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    1. Newspaper clipping
    26 June 1945

    2. Artifact recovered from the wreck. A face piece for a World War II era Oxygen Breathing Apparatus. The Naval History and Heritage Command, Underwater Archaeology Branch is currently holding these items while they extract all the residual salt from them as of 18 November 2016

    3. Artifact recovered from the wreck. A ceramic plate

    4. Artifact recovered from the wreck. A glass inkwell

    5. In a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Brunei Darussalamon on 14 November 2016, Ambassador Craig Allen and Rear Admiral Donald D. Gabrielson, USN unveiled the USS Salute Memorial, and honored the 9 sailors who lost their lives when the USS Salute struck a mine in the Bay of Brunei on 7 June 1945

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Raymond Henry Nelson, Jr., USNR4 December 1943 - 30 June 1944
    02LT Jesse Robert Hodges, USNR30 June 1944 - 8 June 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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