USS Invade (AM-254)

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Name: USS Invade (AM-254)
Builder: Savannah Machine and Foundry Company, Savannah, Georgia
Laid down: 19 January 1944
Launched: 6 February 1944
Sponsored by: Miss Thayer C. Allen
Commissioned: 18 September 1944
Decommissioned: 7 August 1946
Reclassified: MSF-254, 7 February 1955
Struck: 1 May 1962
Fate: transferred to Mexican Navy, 30 August 1962
Name: ARM DM-18
Acquired: 30 August 1962
Renamed: ARM General Ignacio Zaragoza (C60), 1994[1]
Namesake: Ignacio Zaragoza
Struck: 16 July 2001[1]
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
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USS Invade (AM-254) was an Admirable-class minesweeper built for the United States Navy during World War II. She served in the Pacific during World War II. She was decommissioned in August 1946 and placed in reserve. While she remained in reserve, Invade was reclassified as MSF-254 in February 1955 but never reactivated. In August 1962, she was sold to the Mexican Navy and renamed ARM DM-18. In 1994 she was renamed ARM General Ignacio Zaragoza (C60). She was stricken in July 2001, but her ultimate fate is not reported in secondary sources.

U.S. Navy career[edit]

Invade was laid down 19 January 1944 by Savannah Machine & Foundry Co., Savannah, Georgia; launched 6 February 1944; sponsored by Miss Thayer C. Allen; and commissioned 18 September 1944, Lt. H. H. Silliman in command. After shakedown in Chesapeake Bay, Invade steamed to Casco Bay, Maine, for training 24 November 1944. Following these operations and additional drills out of Norfolk, Virginia, the minecraft assumed duties there as towing ship for aircraft targets and as an experimental minesweeper. She remained on this important duty through the end of the war and reported 21 September 1945 to the Mine Warfare School at Yorktown, Virginia, as a training ship.

Invade decommissioned 7 August 1946 and joined the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at Orange, Texas. She was reclassified MSF-254 on 7 February 1955, and struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 May 1962. She was sold to Mexico on 30 August 1962.

Mexican Navy career[edit]

The former Invade was acquired by the Mexican Navy in August 1962 and renamed ARM DM-18. In 1994, she was renamed ARM General Ignacio Zaragoza (C60) after Ignacio Zaragoza. She was stricken on 16 July 2001,[1] but her ultimate fate is not reported in secondary sources.


  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.