USS Aspire (AMc-123)

Career (United States)
Name: USS Aspire (AMc-122)
Builder: Tampa Shipbuilding Company
Reclassified: AM-146, 21 February 1942
Laid down: 1 November 1942
Launched: 27 December 1942
Completed: 29 September 1943
Fate: Transferred to the Soviet Union, 29 September 1943
Reclassified: MSF-146, 7 February 1955
Struck: 1 January 1983
Career (Soviet Union)
Name: T-119
Acquired: 29 September 1943
Renamed: TB-24, 11 July 1956
Renamed: VTR-YYAO, 8 June 1966
Fate: Scrapped, 4 November 1966
General characteristics
Class & type:
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

T-119 was a minesweeper of the Soviet Navy during World War II and the Cold War. She had originally been built as USS Aspire (AM-146), an , for the United States Navy during World War II, but never saw active service in the U.S. Navy. Upon completion she was transferred to the Soviet Union under Lend-Lease as T-119; she was never returned to the United States. The ship was renamed several times in Soviet service and was scrapped on 4 November 1966. 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.

Career

Aspire was laid down on 1 November 1942 at Tampa, Florida, by the Tampa Shipbuilding Co.; launched on 27 December 1942; sponsored by Mrs. F. M. Arenberg; and completed on 29 September 1943. She was transferred to the Soviet Navy that same day as T-119. She was never returned to U.S. custody.

In Soviet service, the ship was renamed TB-24 on 11 July 1956, and VTR-YYAO on 8 June 1966. She was eventually scrapped on 4 November 1966.

Due to the ongoing Cold War, the U.S. Navy was unaware of this fate. They had reclassified the vessel as MSF-146 on 7 February 1955, and kept her on the American Naval Vessel Register until she was struck on 1 January 1983.

References

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

External links

  • NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive – Aspire (MSF 146) – ex-AM-146 – ex-AMc-123


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