USS Lance (AM-257)
|Name:||USS Lance (AM-257)|
|Builder:||American Ship Building Company|
|Laid down:||26 October 1942|
|Launched:||10 April 1943|
|Commissioned:||4 November 1943|
|Decommissioned:||28 August 1945|
|Fate:||Transferred to the Republic of China, 28 August 1945|
|Struck:||12 March 1948|
|Name:||ROCS Yung Sheng|
|Acquired:||28 August 1945|
|Decommissioned:||17 July 1972|
|Class and type:||Admirable-class minesweeper|
|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)|
|Part of:||US Atlantic Fleet (1944-1946)|
Lance was as laid down 26 October 1942 by American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, Ohio; launched 10 April 1943; sponsored by Ens. Josephine D. Cunningham, W-V (S) USNR; commissioned 4 November 1943, Lt. R. R. Forrester, Jr., in command.
World War II North Atlantic operations
After shakedown along the U.S. East Coast, Lance arrived Trinidad, British West Indies, 17 January 1944 for patrol and escort duty. From January 1944 until March 1945, Lance operated as an escort for convoys, making nine regular runs from Recife, Brazil, to Trinidad. The minesweeper also engaged in ASW training with aircraft operations designed to improve the defensive capability of the Navy.
She was transferred to China, under the Lend-Lease Act on 28 August. She served the Chinese Navy under the name Yung Sheng. She was transferred outright on 7 February 1948, struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 12 March 1948, and decommissioned on 1 July 1972. Fate is unknown.
- Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: USS Lance
- NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive: USS Lance