Allied Warships

USS Hazard (AM 240)

Minesweeper of the Admirable class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeMinesweeper
ClassAdmirable 
PennantAM 240 
Built byWinslow Marine Railways & Ship Building Corp. (Winslow, Washington, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Aug 1943 
Laid down20 Feb 1944 
Launched21 May 1944 
Commissioned31 Oct 1944 
End service27 Jul 1946 
History

The only surviving Admirable class minesweeper, the largest and most successful American minesweepers, USS Hazard was fitted for both wire and acoustic sweeping and could double as an antisubmarine warfare platform. The Admirable class vessels were also used for patrol and escort duties. Hazard first served in this capacity, escorting a convoy from San Francisco to Pearl Harbor, and then running with convoys to Eniwetok and Ulithi. In March 1945, the sweeper was sent to Okinawa, where she first performed antisubmarine patrols before sweeping the waters off Kerama Retto in keeping with the minesweeper's slogan, "No Sweep, No Invasion." At the war's end the ship cleared the seas off Korea and Japan for the occupation forces. Returning to the United States in 1946, Hazard was decommissioned on 27 July 1946 at Galvestion Texas and joined the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. Stricken from the Navy Register in 1971, Hazard was purchased by a group of Omaha businessmen and placed on public display. She is open to the public along with the submarine USS Marlin, an A-4 Skyhawk, an A-7 Corsair II, and an HH-52A Coast Guard helicopter at Freedom Park on the Omaha waterfront.

 

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1Curtis Benjamin Tibbals, USNR31 Oct 194426 Oct 1945

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