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USS Puritan (ACM-16)

For other ships of the same name, see USS Puritan.
Name: Puritan
Launched: as USAMP Col. Alfred A. Maybach MP-13 for the US Army
Acquired: by the US Navy, 7 March 1951
Renamed: Puritan, 1 May 1955
Reclassified: ACM-16, 7 March 1951
MMA-16, 7 February 1955
Struck: 1959
Fate: Sold 1961
General characteristics
Class & type: ACM-11 class minelayer
Displacement: 1,300 long tons (1,321 t) full
Length: 189 ft (58 m)
Beam: 37 ft (11 m)
Draft: 12 ft (3.7 m)
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 65
Armament: 1 × 20 mm gun

Puritan (ACM-16/MMA-16) was an auxiliary minelayer in the United States Navy. Puritan was never commissioned and thus never bore the "United States Ship" (USS) prefix showing status as a commissioned ship of the U.S. Navy.[1]

Acquisition by the U.S. Navy

Puritan was originally the U.S. Army mine planter USAMP Col. Alfred A. Maybach MP-13.[2] Her transfer to the U.S. Navy was approved on 7 March 1951.[3]

Out of Commission Status

Upon transfer she was placed out of commission in reserve as the Auxiliary Mine Layer[4] ACM-16, assigned to the San Francisco Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet. On 7 February 1955 she was reclassified as the Minelayer, Auxiliary[4] MMA-16. She was named Puritan effective 1 May 1955. She remained out of commission in reserve berthed at Mare Island.[3]


She was struck from the Navy List in 1959 and sold in 1961.[5]


External links

  • NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive

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