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Turkish Marmoris (LSM 481, later MMC 10).

Turkish Marmoris (LSM 481, later MMC 10).
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Class: Turkish MARMORIS (MMC 6-14, ex LSM)
Design: Navy LSM 1 converted
Displacement (tons): 743 light, 1,100 full
Dimensions (feet): 204' oa, 197' wl x 35' e, 35'/34' wl x 10' max nav
Armament: 4-40mmT, 6-20mmS, 400 mines; (later) 3-40mmT, 5-20mmS, 400 mines
Accommodations: 70
Speed (kts.): 12.5
Propulsion (HP): 2,880
Machinery: Diesels (direct), 2 screws

Construction:
MMCNameReclasBuilderKeelLaunchComm
10Turkish MARMORIS1 Oct 1960Brown SB17 Feb 194510 Mar 19458 Apr 1945
11Turkish MORDOGAN1 Oct 1960Brown SB17 Feb 194510 Mar 194515 Apr 1945
12Turkish MERIÇ1 Oct 1960Brown SB3 Mar 194524 Mar 194528 Apr 1945
13Norwegian VALE1 Oct 1960Brown SB3 Mar 194524 Mar 19451 May 1945
14Norwegian VIDAR1 Oct 1960Brown SB10 Mar 194530 Mar 19454 May 1945
6Greek AKTION1 Oct 1960NSY Charleston18 Oct 194419 Nov 19441 Jan 1945
7Greek AMVRAKIA1 Oct 1960NSY Charleston8 Oct 194414 Nov 19446 Jan 1945
8Danish BESKYTTEREN1 Oct 1960NSY Charleston13 Nov 194412 Dec 194431 Jan 1945
9Danish VINDHUNDEN1 Oct 1960NSY Charleston28 Nov 194417 Dec 19448 Feb 1945

Disposition:
MMCNameTDecommStrikeDisposalFate--/Depart
10Turkish MARMORIS20 Jun 19468 Sep 19526 Oct 1952Trf--
11Turkish MORDOGAN19 Dec 19468 Sep 19526 Oct 1952Trf--
12Turkish MERIÇ23 May 19468 Sep 19526 Oct 1952Trf--
13Norwegian VALE19 Aug 19468 Sep 19526 Oct 1952Trf--
14Norwegian VIDAR29 Nov 19468 Sep 19526 Oct 1952Trf--
6Greek AKTION23 May 194722 Dec 19521 Dec 1953Trf--
7Greek AMVRAKIA10 May 194722 Dec 19521 Dec 1953Trf--
8Danish BESKYTTEREN30 Sep 1946Jun 195313 May 1954Trf--
9Danish VINDHUNDEN2 May 1947Jun 19538 Jun 1954Trf--

Class Notes:
The ships had two minelaying rails on the former LSM vehicle deck and four booms (two forward, two aft) for loading mines onto them. The redesigned topside area was crowded with anti-aircraft guns. The USN strikes in 1952-53 noted that the ships were "to be disposed of by transfer." When the MMC numbers were assigned in place of the original LSM designations as of 1 Oct 1960 the FY 1953 units came first followed by the FY 1951 units, so the three Turkish ships were the first to be designed and built. The design had no USN project number. The MMC reclassification did not restore the ships to the Naval Vessel Register (NVR). A Greek source gives the capacity of the Greek ships as 100-130 mines and a Danish source gives the Danish ships 98 Mk I mines.

Ship Notes:
MMCNameMANotes
10Turkish MARMORISFY 1951. Ex LSM 481. Converted by Brewer Drydock Co., Staten Island, NY, 2 Feb 1952 to Sep 1952. Decomm. and struck by Turkey in 1990, hulk cannibalized for spare parts and eventually disposed of.
11Turkish MORDOGANFY 1951. Ex LSM 484. Converted by Ira S Bushey & Sons, Inc., Brooklyn, NY, 6 Feb 1952 to 19 Sep 1952. Decomm. 16 Jun 1993, struck 1993.
12Turkish MERIÇFY 1951. Ex LSM 490. Converted by Todd Shipyards, Hoboken, NJ, 6 Feb 1952 to Oct 1952. Decomm. 27 May 1988 and decomm. 1988, hulk cannibalized and eventually disposed of.
13Norwegian VALEFY 1951. Ex LSM 492. Converted by Bethlehem, Staten Is. 6 Feb 1952 to Oct 1952. Returned to US Naval custody 1 Nov 1960 and trf to Turkey at Bergen, Norway, as MURSIN. Trf. 8 Aug 1996 to Kocaeli University for use as a training ship, decomm. 23 Nov 1996, fate unknown.
14Norwegian VIDARFY 1951. Ex LSM 493. Converted by Marine Basin Co., Brooklyn, NY, 6 Feb 1952 to Oct 1952. Returned to US Naval custody 1 Nov 1960 and trf to Turkey at Bergen, Norway, as MUREFTE. Struck 1993.
6Greek AKTIONFY 1953. Ex LSM 301. Converted by Ira S Bushey & Sons Inc., Brooklyn, NY, 27 Feb 1953 to 20 Nov 1953. Decomm by Greece 27 Feb 2001 and BU.
7Greek AMVRAKIAFY 1953. Ex LSM 303. Converted by Marine Basin Co., Brooklyn, NY, 27 Feb 1953 to 20 Nov 1953. Decomm. by Greece 2002.
8Danish BESKYTTERENFY 1953. Ex LSM 390. Converted by Summit Iron Works, Brooklyn, NY 10 Aug 1953 to 13 May 1954. Named by Denmark 26 Nov 1953 and comm. 8 June 1954. Decomm. 12 Oct 1963. Returned to US custody 1965, offered for sale Jan 1965 by the USAFE/UK Redistribution and Marketing Center.
9Danish VINDHUNDENFY 1953. Ex LSM 392. Converted by Summit Iron Works, Brooklyn, NY 10 Aug 1953 to 8 Jun 1954 when taken over. Named by Denmark 26 Nov 1953 and comm. 22 Jun 1954. Decomm. 12 Oct 1963. Returned to US Naval custody 1965, offered for sale Jan 1965 by the USAFE/UK Redistribution and Marketing Center.

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Compiled: 4 Oct 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021