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USS Change (AM-159)

Career
Name: USS Change
Builder: Willamette Iron and Steel Works
Laid down: 23 May 1942
Launched: 15 December 1942
Commissioned: 28 February 1944
Decommissioned: 3 July 1946
Reclassified: MSF-159, 7 February 1955
Fate: Scrapped in 1960
General characteristics
Class & 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 539 diesel engines, 1,710 shp (1.3 MW)
Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear
2 shafts
Speed: 14.8 knots (27.4 km/h)
Complement: 104
Armament: 1 × 3"/50 caliber gun DP
2 × twin Bofors 40 mm guns
1 × Hedgehog anti-submarine mortar
2 × Depth charge tracks
Service record
Part of: US Pacific Fleet (1944-1946)

USS Change (AM-159) was an Admirable-class minesweeper built for the U.S. Navy during World War II. She was built to clear minefields in offshore waters, and served the Navy in the Pacific Ocean.

She was launched 15 December 1942 by Willamette Iron and Steel Works, Portland, Oregon; commissioned 28 February 1944, Lieutenant F. M. Linderman in command; and reported to the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

World War II Pacific Ocean operations

Change arrived at Kwajalein 2 June 1944 for convoy escort duty between Pearl Harbor, Kwajalein, Majuro, and Eniwetok. Providing essential services in guarding the enormous volume of men and cargo moved in rear areas to provide support for the frontline campaigns, Change based at Eniwetok from 15 September. Her operations took her to Guadalcanal, Manus, Ulithi, Guam, Iwo Jima, and Saipan before 5 August 1945, when she cleared for Seattle, Washington.

Post-War decommissioning

After overhaul, Change sailed to Pearl Harbor in November 1945, then cleared for the east coast. She was placed out of commission in reserve at New Orleans, Louisiana on 3 July 1946, and was reclassified MSF-159 on 7 February 1955. Date of removal from the Navy List is not shown in Navy records. She was scrapped in 1960.

References

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

See also

External links

  • NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive - Change (MSF 159) - ex-AM-159 - ex-AMc-136
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