USS Constant (AM-86)
|Career (United States)|
|Builder:||Commercial Iron Works, Portland, Oregon|
|Laid down:||21 February 1942|
|Launched:||9 May 1942|
|Commissioned:||21 September 1942|
|Renamed:||USS PC-1590, 1 June 1944|
|Decommissioned:||19 June 1946|
|Recommissioned:||20 March 1951|
|Decommissioned:||22 October 1954|
|Fate:||Sunk as a target ship|
|Class & type:||Adroit-class minesweeper|
|Displacement:||275 long tons (279 t)|
|Length:||173 ft 8 in (52.93 m)|
|Beam:||23 ft (7.0 m)|
|Draft:||7 ft 7 in (2.31 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 × 1,770 bhp (1,320 kW) Cooper Bessemer GNB8 diesel engines (Serial No. 1978 & 1979)
|Speed:||18 knots (33 km/h)|
|Armament:||• 1 × 3"/50 caliber gun
• 1 × 40 mm gun
USS Constant (AM-86) was an Adroit-class minesweeper of the United States Navy. Laid down on 21 February 1942 by the Commercial Iron Works, Portland, Oregon, and launched on 9 May 1942, the ship was commissioned on 21 September 1942.
World War II Pacific Theatre operations
From 20 December 1942 to 4 March 1943 Constant escorted convoys between San Francisco, California, and Pearl Harbor. She sailed from Pearl Harbor 8 March for Espiritu Santo, arriving 25 March for local escort duty, operating from Espiritu Santo and Noumea in support of the Guadalcanal operation.
On 3 September 1943 she arrived at Tulagi and remained in the Solomons on inter-island escort and minesweeping duty with occasional convoy voyages to Nouméa and Espiritu Santo until 3 April 1944 when she steamed to Auckland, New Zealand for a brief overhaul. She returned to Port Purvis in the Solomons 13 May.
Reclassified as a submarine chaser
She then returned to Pearl Harbor, where she was decommissioned 19 June 1946. Assigned to the 14th Naval District for Naval Reserve training 28 October 1946, PC-1590 was placed in commission in reserve 5 May 1950, and in full commission from 20 March 1951 until decommissioned 22 October 1954. She was sunk as a target.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Photo gallery of USS Constant at NavSource Naval History