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USS Admirable (AM-136)
USS Admirable
Career (United States)
Name: USS Admirable (AMc-113)
Builder: Tampa Shipbuilding Company
Reclassified: AM-136, 21 February 1942
Laid down: 8 April 1942
Launched: 18 October 1942
Sponsored by: Mrs. Ann Pillsbury Fehr
Commissioned: 20 April 1943
Decommissioned: 18 July 1945
Fate: Transferred to the Soviet Union, 18 July 1945
Struck: 1 January 1983
Career (Soviet Union)
Name: T-521
Acquired: 18 July 1945
Fate: scrapped, 1954
General characteristics
Class and type: Admirable-class minesweeper
Displacement: 650 tons
Length: 184 ft 6 in (56.24 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Draft: 9 ft 9 in (2.97 m)
Propulsion: 2 × ALCO diesel engines, 1,710 shp (1.3 MW)
2 shafts
Speed: 15 knots (27.8 km/h)
Complement: 104
Armament: 1 × 3"/50 caliber gun
6 × Oerlikon 20 mm cannon
4 × Bofors 40 mm gun
1 × hedgehog
4 × Depth charge projectors
2 × Depth charge racks
2 × Minesweeping paravanes
Service record
Part of: US Pacific Fleet (1943-1945)

USS Admirable (AM-136) was the lead ship of her class of minesweeper built for the United States Navy during World War II. In 1945, she was transferred to the Soviet Navy under Lend-Lease as T-521. The Soviets scrapped T-521 in 1954, never returning her to U.S. custody. Because of the Cold War, the U.S. Navy was unaware of this fate and the vessel remained on the American Naval Vessel Register until she was struck on 1 January 1983.


Admirable was laid down on 8 April 1942 at Tampa, Florida, by the Tampa Shipbuilding Company. She was launched on 18 October 1942, sponsored by Mrs. Ann Pillsbury Fehr, daughter of Commander Horace W. Pillsbury; and commissioned on 20 April 1943, with Lieutenant Commander A. M. White, USNR, in command.

The minesweeper departed Tampa on 23 April and conducted shakedown training in the Gulf of Mexico before heading for Hampton Roads, Virginia, on 23 June. Admirable operated out of the Little Creek amphibious base for five months of training in antisubmarine warfare (ASW), mine-laying, and minesweeping techniques. After upkeep and outfitting, she departed Norfolk on 28 November in company with Luzon for duty in the Pacific. Transiting the Panama Canal on 8 December, the minesweeper continued on to San Diego where she moored on 18 December. In January 1944, following tests at the West Coast Sound School, she received orders to proceed independently to Adak Island, Alaska. During the voyage, Admirable encountered heavy seas which damaged her sonar gear. Following her arrival in Kuluk Bay, Adak, on 6 February, she was drydocked for repairs.

On 13 February, Admirable was assigned to Task Group 91.2 (TG 91.2). She operated out of Adak, escorting merchant and troop ships to such ports as Kodiak, Dutch Harbor, Amchitka, Kiska, Cold Bay, and Attu Island. On four occasions during her 18-month tour in the Aleutians, Admirable went alongside Black Hawk in Adak for brief availabilities to repair damages caused by the cold weather; heavy seas; and the violent, gusting winds known as "williwaws".

In July, the minesweeper began to clear the minefield in Chiniak Bay off Kodiak Island. She was the lead ship of a group, composed of Augury, Agile, Affray, and YMS-285, which, on 2 August, began a sweep of the channel to St. Paul's Harbor. The minesweepers then established patrols outside the harbor to await the arrival of President Franklin D. Roosevelt on board Baltimore. The President had left San Diego on 14 July, steamed to Pearl Harbor to meet with general Douglas MacArthur and Admiral Chester Nimitz to discuss plans for the invasion of the Philippines, and stopped at Kodiak on 7 August. Baltimore pulled out of St. Paul's Harbor the same day, and the President continued his journey back to the United States on board Cummings. Admirable resumed escort duty and continued that work into March 1945.

On 14 March, the minesweeper's commanding officer was designated officer in tactical command of eight ships and all aircraft participating in a combined air-surface attack on a fictitious submarine in Kuluk Bay. The minesweeper then returned to her escort duties until May, when she stopped in Dutch Harbor for repairs preparatory to transfer under the Lend-Lease program. Because of the continual beating of the heavy seas, 12 feet of the forward end of each of her bilge keels as well as her sonar gear were replaced.

Admiral B. D. Popov of the Soviet Navy inspected the ship on 30 May 1945 and accepted her for transfer to the Soviet Union. On 18 June, a Soviet crew reported on board to train for one month in gunnery, engineering, and minesweeping procedures. Admirable was decommissioned and transferred to the Soviet Navy on 18 July. She served in the Soviet Navy as T-521 and was eventually scrapped in 1954, never having been returned to U.S. custody.

Because of the Cold War, the U.S. Navy was unaware of the ship's fate and the vessel remained on the American Naval Vessel Register and was reclassified MSF-136 on 7 February 1955. The U.S. Navy struck her name from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 January 1983.


This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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