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USS Prevail (AGS 17) on 5 August 1953
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Class: PURSUIT (AGS 17)
Design: Navy AM 221'
Displacement (tons): 880 light, 1,260 full
Dimensions (feet): 221' oa, 215' wl x 32' e/wl x 11' max nav
Armament: (17-19) 2-40mmT; (20) 6-20mmS; (20: 1956) none; (28) none
Accommodations: (17) 9 officers, 110 enlisted
Speed (kts.): 18
Propulsion (HP): 2,000
Machinery: Diesel electric, 2 screws

Construction:
AGSNameReclasBuilderKeelLaunchComm
17PURSUIT18 Aug 1951Winslow Marine12 Nov 194112 Jun 194215 Feb 1950
18REQUISITE18 Aug 1951Winslow Marine12 Nov 194125 Jul 194215 Feb 1950
19SHELDRAKE1 Apr 1952Gen Eng24 Jun 194112 Feb 194214 Apr 1952
20PREVAIL1 Apr 1952Penn SY Beaumont15 Nov 194113 Sep 19421 Apr 1952
28TOWHEE1 Apr 1964Am SB, Cleveland21 Mar 19446 Jan 19451 Apr 1964

Disposition:
AGSNameTDecommStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale
17PURSUIT30 Jun 19601 Jul 196016 Dec 1960Navy sale--
18REQUISITE1 Apr 19641 Apr 19643 Feb 1965Navy sale--
19SHELDRAKE1 Aug 196830 Jun 19682 Nov 1971Navy sale--
20PREVAIL10 Jan 196410 Jan 1964Nov 1964Navy sale--
28TOWHEE30 Apr 19691 May 19696 Mar 1970Navy sale--

Class Notes:
The AUK class minesweepers PURSUIT and REQUISITE were both recommissioned for survey duty on 15 February 1950 and their classifications were later changed respectively from AM 108 and AM 109 to AGS 17 and AGS 18 on 18 Aug 1951. Through late 1954 they operated off Labrador and Greenland in the summer and in the Caribbean in the winter, and in 1955 both surveyed in the Arctic, PURSUIT working from the Atlantic side and REQUISITE from the Pacific. The classifications of SHELDRAKE and PREVAIL were changed from AM 62 and AM 107 to AGS 19 and AGS 20 on 1 April 1952, AGS 19 also being recommissioned on that date while AGS 20 followed on 14 April 1953. They operated primarily in the Western Atlantic and the Caribbean. In November 1963 TOWHEE was taken from the reserve fleet at Orange, Texas, to Philadelphia to replace REQUISITE. She was reclassified from MSF 388 to AGS 28 on 25 February 1964 effective 1 April 1964, the date on which she was recommissioned. SHELDRAKE and TOWHEE then performed surveys in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.

Ship Notes:
AGSNameMANotes
17PURSUIT(ex-AM 108, compl. 30 Apr 1943).
18REQUISITE(ex-AM 109, compl. 7 Jun 1943).
19SHELDRAKE(ex-AM 62, compl. 14 Oct 1942). Her decommissioning date came after her strike date.
20PREVAIL(ex-AM 107, compl. 17 Apr 1943).
28TOWHEE(ex-MSF 388, ex-AM 388, compl. 18 May 1945).

Page Notes:
Compiled: 19 Oct 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021