USS Execute (AM-232)

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History
United States
Name: USS PCE-905
Builder: Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Company, Seattle
Laid down: 29 March 1944
Renamed: USS Execute (AM-232)
Launched: 22 June 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. R. J. Huff
Commissioned: 15 November 1944
Decommissioned: 6 August 1946
Reclassified: MSF-232, 7 February 1955
Struck: 1 May 1962
Fate: Transferred to Mexican Navy, 1962
History
Mexico
Name: ARM DM-03
Acquired: 1962
Renamed: ARM General Juan N. Méndez (C51), 1994[1]
Namesake: Juan N. Méndez
Struck: 16 July 2001[1]
Fate: unknown
General characteristics
Class and type: PCE-905-class patrol craft
Class and type: Admirable-class minesweeper, by June 1944
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)
Propulsion:
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: 104
Armament:
Service record
Part of:
Operations: Battle of Okinawa

USS Execute (AM-232) was an Admirable-class minesweeper built for the United States Navy during World War II. She was originally ordered and laid down as USS PCE-905, the lead ship of the PCE-905 class of patrol craft. She was reclassified as an Admirable-class minesweeper by the time of her June 1944 launch, and named Execute by the time of her November 1944 commissioning. After service in the Pacific during World War II, she was decommissioned in August 1946 and placed in reserve. While she remained in reserve, Execute was reclassified as MSF-232 in February 1955 but never reactivated. In 1962, she was sold to the Mexican Navy and renamed ARM DM-03. In 1994, she was renamed ARM General Juan N. Méndez (C51). She was stricken in July 2001, but her ultimate fate is not reported in secondary sources.

U.S. Navy career[edit]

Originally ordered as PCE-905, the lead ship of the PCE-905 class of patrol craft, the ship was laid down at the Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Company of Seattle. She was reclassified as an Admirable-class minesweeper and assigned the hull code of AM-232 by the time of her 22 June 1944 launch by sponsor Mrs. R. J. Huff. By the time of her 15 November 1944 commissioning, under the command of Lieutenant R. E. Brenkman, USNR, she had been assigned the name Execute.

Following shakedown cruise she departed for Pearl Harbor whence she escorted a convoy to Leyte via Eniwetok, Ulithi and Kossol Roads during February 1945. On 26 March, as part of the preliminary assault force for the invasion of the Ryukyus, she screened landing craft against countless air attacks

Early in April she served with the Sweep Unit in clearing the bays of Nakagusuku and Chimu and defended vessels against kamikaze attack. She participated in the Battle of Okinawa. During this battle she picked up 70 survivors of the USS Mullany (DD-528) after it had been hit by a Japanese plane. She remained on sweeping duty, participating in a feint landing on 20 April to draw attention from a large-scale advance on Naha. From June through 10 September she swept in the Yellow Sea and in Japanese coastal waters.

In March 1946 Execute transited the Panama Canal and on 6 August 1946 was placed out of commission in reserve at Orange, Texas. While she remained in reserve, Execute was reclassified (MSF-232) on 7 February 1955. She was stricken from the Navy List on 1 May 1962 and sold to Mexico later in the year.

Mexican Navy career[edit]

The former Execute was acquired by the Mexican Navy in 1962 and renamed ARM DM-03. In 1994, she was renamed ARM General Juan N. Méndez (C51) after Juan N. Méndez. She was stricken on 16 July 2001,[1] but her ultimate fate is not reported in secondary sources.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Wertheim, Eric, ed. (2007). "Mexico". The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World: Their Ships, Aircraft, and Systems (15th ed.). Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. p. 472. ISBN 978-1-59114-955-2. OCLC 140283156. 

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