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Career (United States)
Name: USS Adopt (AMc-114)
Builder: Tampa Shipbuilding Company
Reclassified: AM-137, 21 February 1942
Laid down: 8 April 1942
Launched: 18 October 1942
Sponsored by: Mrs. Elizabeth H. Hastings
Commissioned: 31 May 1943
Decommissioned: 19 July 1945
Fate: Transferred to the Soviet Union, 19 July 1945
Struck: 1 January 1958
Career (Soviet Union)
Name: T-522
Acquired: 19 July 1945
Fate: scuttled before 1 January 1958
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)

The USS Adopt (AMc-114/AM-137/MSF-137) was an Admirable-class 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-522. The Soviets scuttled T-522 before 1 January 1958, never having returned her to U.S. custody. The U.S. Navy was struck the vessel from the American Naval Vessel Register on 1 January 1958.


Adopt was laid down on 8 April 1942 at Tampa, Florida by the Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Inc.; launched on 18 October 1942; sponsored by Mrs. Elizabeth H. Hastings; and commissioned on 31 May 1943, Lt. Frank Robert Edrington in command.

After conducting shakedown training off Key West, the minesweeper proceeded to Norfolk Navy Yard for post-shakedown availability and then began a series of minesweeping tests and exercises at Little Creek, Virginia and Solomons Island, Maryland. These operations occupied her into early September, when she sailed for the west coast. Adopt made a brief stop at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, before transiting the Panama Canal and joining the Pacific Fleet. She reached San Diego, California on 25 September.

Adopt operated at San Diego as an escort ship through 26 May 1944. That same month, she reported for duty to the Commander of the Western Sea Frontier. She left the west coast on 6 June and shaped a course for Pearl Harbor. The ship took part in a 10-day period of antisubmarine warfare exercises in Hawaiian waters under the auspices of Commander, Task Force 1. On 23 June, she departed Hawaii in a convoy bound for Alaska.

The minesweeper reached Adak, Alaska on 29 June. She was subsequently based at the Naval Operating Base, Kuluk Bay, Alaska. During her service in Alaskan waters, Adopt carried out tactical and gunnery drills, held minesweeping exercises, and provided convoy escort services.

In June 1945, she steamed into the anchorage at Cold Harbor, Alaska, to begin training exercises for a crew of Russian seamen until mid-July. On 19 July 1945, Adopt was decommissioned and transferred to the Soviet Union under the terms of lend-lease. The vessel later served the Soviet Navy as T-552. The U.S. Navy reclassified the vessel MSF-7 on 7 February 1955. The Naval Vessel Register on 1 January 1958 stated that the ship had been destroyed by the Russians by demolition and noted that an appropriate settlement had been agreed upon by the two nations.


This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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