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USS Control (AM-164)

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USS Control (AM-164)

Name: USS Control
Builder: Willamette Iron and Steel Works
Laid down: 15 June 1942
Launched: 28 January 1943
Commissioned: 11 May 1944
Decommissioned: 6 June 1946
Reclassified: MSF-164, 7 February 1955
Fate: Sold for scrap 30 March 1959
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 Control (AM-164) 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 28 January 1943 by Willamette Iron and Steel Works, Portland, Oregon; and commissioned 11 May 1944, Lieutenant Commander S. A. Brand, USNR, in command.

World War II Pacific Ocean operations

Control reached Pearl Harbor 29 July 1944, and during August removed mines previously planted in the defenses of French Frigate Shoals. Between 5 September and 30 November, Control patrolled and escorted ships from Eniwetok to Saipan, Ulithi, and Manus, then sailed to Kossol Roads for patrol duty off the Palaus until arriving at Guam 1 February 1945 to sweep Apra Harbor. She returned to convoy escort duty from Eniwetok until June, when she put back to Pearl Harbor for brief overhaul.

Between 1 July 1945 and 11 August, Control cleared the harbor at Eniwetok and planted navigational buoys there.

Post-War Decommissioning

After serving at Okinawa between 25 September and 13 October, she returned to the west coast, and was decommissioned and placed in reserve at San Diego, California, 6 June 1946. Her classification was changed to MSF-164 on 7 February 1955. Control was sold on 30 March 1959.


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

See also

External links

  • Photo gallery of Control at NavSource Naval History
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