USS Pivot (AM-276)

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USS Pivot (AM-276)
Career (United States)
Name: USS Pivot (AM-276)
Builder: Gulf Shipbuilding Corporation
Chickasaw, Alabama
Laid down: 1 July 1943
Launched: 11 November 1943
Sponsored by: Mrs. Clara L. Prouty
Commissioned: 12 July 1944
Decommissioned: 6 November 1946
Honors and
awards:
4 battle stars in World War II
Fate: transferred to the Republic of China, 27 August 1947
Career (Republic of China)
Name: ROCS Yung Shou
Acquired: 27 August 1948
Decommissioned: 1 July 1970
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Class & type: Admirable-class minesweeper
Displacement: 625 tons
Length: 184 ft 6 in (56.24 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Draft: 10 ft (3.0 m)
Propulsion: 2 × 1,710 shp (1.3 MW) Cooper-Bessemer diesel engines
2 × shafts.
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: 104 officers and men
Armament: 1 × 3"/50 caliber gun
6 × Oerlikon 20 mm cannon
4 × Bofors 40 mm gun
1 × hedgehog
4 × Depth charge projectors
2 × Depth charge racks
2 × Minesweeping paravanes

USS Pivot (AM-276), an Admirable-class minesweeper, was the first ship of the United States Navy named Pivot. She was built at the Gulf Shipbuilding Corporation, Chickasaw, Alabama.

Mrs. Clara L. Prouty christened Pivot on 11 November 1943.

Her trials started 12 July 1944 in the Gulf of Mexico and initial training was in the Chesapeake Bay.

After shakedown ended 10 September, the new minesweeper operated with the Atlantic Fleet training and patrolling until sailing for the Pacific early in April 1945. She transited the Panama Canal on 10 April 1945; and after training in Hawaiian waters reached the war zone in time for mine sweeping operations in the Ryukyus soon after the conquest of Okinawa.

She supported Admiral Marc Mitscher's Fast Carrier Task Force during the deadly strikes against Japan in July and operated in Korean waters after Japan's surrender. She returned to Okinawa late in October and resumed sweeping operations in the Ryukyus.

She received four battle stars for World War II.

Pivot was decommissioned 6 November 1946 at Subic Bay, Philippines. She was sold to Taiwan 27 August 1948 and renamed ROCS Yung Shou. On 1 July 1970, Yung Shou was decommissioned.

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