USS Climax (AM-161)

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Name: USS Climax
Builder: Willamette Iron and Steel Works
Laid down: 26 May 1942
Launched: 9 January 1943
Commissioned: 24 March 1944
Decommissioned: 31 May 1946
Reclassified: MSF-161, 7 February 1955
Fate: Scrapped in 1959
General characteristics
Class and type: Admirable-class minesweeper
Displacement: 650 tons
Length: 184 ft 6 in (56.24 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Draft: 9 ft 9 in (2.97 m)
Speed: 14.8 knots (27.4 km/h)
Complement: 104
Service record
Part of: US Pacific Fleet (1944-1946)

USS Climax (AM-161) was an Admirable-class minesweeper built for the U.S. Navy during World War II. She was built to clear minefields in offshore waters, and served the Navy in the Pacific Ocean.

She was launched 9 January 1943 by Willamette Iron and Steel Works, Portland, Oregon; and commissioned 24 March 1944, Lieutenant R. E. Danielson, Jr., USNR, in command.

World War II Pacific Ocean operations[edit]

From May to September 1944 Climax served as a school ship at U.S. Naval Small Craft Training Center, San Pedro, California. After brief overhaul she sailed on convoy escort duty to Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok, and Ulithi, returning to Eniwetok 20 December. Until 6 March 1945 she operated out of Eniwetok on convoy escort duty to Ulithi, Guam, and Saipan. She escorted a resupply convoy to Iwo Jima 13 March as fighting continued on the island, remaining on screening duty until 18 March. Returning to Eniwetok 29 March, Climax resumed her convoy escort duty to Ulithi and Guam and acted as training ship for submarines as well as aiding in the expansion of anchorage facilities at Eniwetok.

Following overhaul at Guam, Climax sailed for Saipan, Okinawa and Wakayama, Honshū, where she conducted sweeping operations from 11 September 1945 to 18 October in support of the landing of Allied occupation troops. She remained in Matoya Ko as a pilot vessel until 19 December 1945 when she cleared Nagoya for San Diego, California, arriving 16 February.

Post-War Decommissioning[edit]

Climax was placed out of commission in reserve there 31 May 1946. She was reclassified MSF-161, 7 February 1955. She was scrapped in 1959.

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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