USS Deft (AM-216)

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United States
Name: USS Deft
Builder: Tampa Shipbuilding Company
Laid down: 27 December 1942
Launched: 28 March 1943
Commissioned: 16 April 1945
Decommissioned: 9 November 1946
Fate: Transferred to the Republic of China
Republic of China Navy JackTaiwan
Acquired: 27 August 1948
Fate: Scrapped 16 January 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 (1945-1946)
Awards: 1 Battle star

USS Deft (AM-216) 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 28 March 1943 by Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Inc., Tampa, Florida; sponsored by Mrs. E. H. Jacobs; and commissioned 16 April 1945, Lieutenant J. C. Engle, USNR, in command.

World War II Pacific Ocean operations[edit]

Deft sailed from Norfolk, Virginia, 22 June 1945 and called at San Diego, California, Pearl Harbor, Saipan, and Okinawa before arriving at Sasebo, Japan, 21 September. She swept mines off the coast of Honshū, and served in various occupation duties until 15 December when she got underway for the west coast.

Deft arrived at San Pedro, California, 4 April 1946 and remained there for local operations until 13 August when she sailed for the Philippines.

Post-War decommissioning[edit]

She reached Subic Bay 24 October, was decommissioned 9 November 1946 and transferred to the Republic of China 27 August 1948. She was scrapped by the Chinese Navy 16 January 1959.


Deft received one battle star for World War II service.


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

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