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USS Prime (AM-279)

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United States
Name: USS Prime (AM-279)
Builder: Gulf Shipbuilding Company
Laid down: 15 September 1943
Launched: 22 January 1944
Commissioned: 12 September 1944
Decommissioned: 29 May 1946
Fate: Sold to the Republic of China, 1946
Struck: 1 May 1973
Name: ROCS Yung Feng (MMC-50)
Acquired: 1946
Fate: Unknown
General characteristics
Class and type: Admirable-class minesweeper
  • 650 tons
  • 945 tons (full load)
Length: 184 ft 6 in (56.24 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Draft: 9 ft 9 in (2.97 m)
  • 2 × Cooper Bessemer GSB-8 diesel engines, 1,710 shp
  • National Supply Co. single reduction gear
  • 2 shafts
Speed: 14.8 knots (27.4 km/h)
Complement: 104
Service record
Part of: US Pacific Fleet (1945-1946)

USS Prime (AM-279) was laid down 15 September 1943 by Gulf Shipbuilding Corp., Chickasaw, Alabama, launched 22 January 1944; sponsored by Mrs. L. W. Thompson, and commissioned 12 September 1944, Lt. Edward P. O'Callahan Jr., USNR, in command.

World War II Pacific Theatre operations

Following shakedown off the east coast, USS Prime reported to Service Force Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia, 1 December 1944. After duty off Bermuda and the east coast, she arrived at the Panama Canal Zone, and reported for duty to the U.S. Pacific Fleet 12 July 1945. In September, while at Okinawa, she was assigned to the Reserve Fleet. Following a change of assignment from the 19th to the U.S. 16th Fleet, she was marked expendable in March 1946. Demilitarized, she steamed to Shanghai, China.

End-of-war deactivation

Prime was decommissioned 29 May 1946 and sold to China at Shanghai, China as Yung Feng (MMC-50) (Republic of China Navy), decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register 1 May 1973. Fate unknown.


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

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