USS Elusive (AM-225)

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United States
Name: USS Elusive (AM-225)
Builder: American Ship Building Company, Lorain, Ohio
Laid down: 29 December 1943
Launched: 10 June 1944
Sponsored by: Miss E. Sweat
Commissioned: 19 February 1945
Decommissioned: 29 May 1946
Fate: Transferred to the Republic of China, 29 May 1946
Name: Yung Kang (AM 54).
Acquired: 29 May 1946
Struck: 6 January 1962
Fate: unknown
General characteristics
Class and type: Admirable-class minesweeper
Displacement: 650 long tons (660 t)
Length: 184 ft 6 in (56.24 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Draft: 9 ft 9 in (2.97 m)
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: 104
Service record
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Awards: 1 Battle star

USS Elusive (AM-225) was an Admirable-class minesweeper built for the United States Navy during World War II. She earned two battle stars in service in the Pacific during World War II. In May 1946, she was turned over to the Republic of China for service with the Chinese Maritime Customs Service as Yung Kang. She was removed from service in January 1962.


Elusive was launched 10 June 1944 by American Shipbuilding Company, Lorain, Ohio; sponsored by Miss E. Sweat; and commissioned 19 February 1945, Lieutenant Commander E. N. Cleaves, USNR, in command.

Elusive sailed from Lorain 22 February 1945 by way of Chicago, Illinois, and the Mississippi River to outfit at Algiers, Louisiana. It suffered damage below the waterline while passing through Lake Erie and the Mississippi, and was drydocked for repair at the insistence of Lieutenant Commander E.N. Cleves. After training along the east coast, escort duty off Florida, and antisubmarine exercises off Cuba, she arrived at San Pedro, California, 21 July for final minesweeping training. She sailed 16 August for the Far East, and swept mines in Japanese waters, as well as voyaging to Guam and Subic Bay.

After removal of her guns and other demilitarization at the Subic Bay naval base, Elusive arrived at Shanghai 22 April 1946. There she was decommissioned 29 May 1946, and transferred to the Chinese Maritime Commission through the State Department the same day. She was renamed Yung Kang (AM 54). Yung Kang decommissioned and was struck, 6 January 1962. Fate unknown.

Elusive received one battle star for World War II service.