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Soviet Minesweeper T-118

Career (United States)
Name: USS Armada (AMc-122)
Builder: Tampa Shipbuilding Company
Reclassified: AM-145, 21 February 1942
Laid down: 18 October 1942
Launched: 7 December 1942
Completed: 16 September 1943
Fate: Transferred to the USSR, 16 September 1943
Reclassified: MSF-145, 7 February 1955
Struck: 1 January 1983
Career (Soviet Union)
Name: T-118
Acquired: 16 September 1943
Fate: Torpedoed and sunk by U-365, 12 August 1944
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

T-118 was a minesweeper of the Soviet Navy during World War II and the Cold War. She had originally been built as USS Armada (AM-145), an Admirable-class minesweeper, 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-118; she was never returned to the United States. T-118 was sunk by U-365 in the Kara Sea in August 1944. 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

Armada was laid down on 18 October 1942 at Tampa, Florida, by the Tampa Shipbuilding Co.; launched on 7 December 1942; sponsored by Mrs. B. C. Crawford; and completed on 16 September 1943. She was turned over to the USSR on the day of her completion and was commissioned in the Soviet Navy as T-118. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Kara Sea on 12 August 1944 by German submarine U-365.

Armada was carried on the American Navy List as MSF-145 after 7 February 1955 until 1 January 1983 when her name was struck.

References

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

External links

  • NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive – Armada (MSF 145) – ex-AM-145 – ex-AMc-122

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