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PC-1602 call sign:
Nan - Able - Jig - Nan

ex-Firm (AM-98)

Adroit Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 21 October 1941 by the Penn-Jersey Corp., Camden, NJ
  • Launched 29 May 1942
  • Commissioned USS Firm (AM-98), 10 April 1943
  • Reclassified as a Submarine Chaser, PC-1602, 1 June 1944
  • Reclassified as a Control Submarine Chaser, PCC-1602, 1 August 1945
  • Decommissioned in January 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register 21 May 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal 15 June 1948 and sold to Walter H. Wilms
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 295 t.
  • Length 173' 8"
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 11' 7"
  • Speed 16.8 kts.
  • Complement 65
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount, one 40mm gun, five 20mm guns, two depth charge projectors, two depth charge tracks, and two rocket launchers
  • Propulsion: Two 1440bhp Busch-Sulzer BS 539 diesel engines (Serial No. BS 1145 & BS 1146), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Firm (AM 98)
    Firm 262k Original photo: c. February 1944
    Replacement photo: 14 February 1944
    Off Boon Island Light, near York, Maine. She is painted in Camouflage Measure 22
    National Archives photo 80-G-214332
    Original photo: Hyperwar U.S. Navy in WWII
    Replacement photo: Tracy White
    Firm 47k Gunter Krebs
    USS PC-1602
    PC-1602 77k Bob Daly/PC-1181

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG L. Reed, USN1945
    Courtesy of Joe Radigan

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