USS Lucid (AM-259)

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History
United States
Name: USS Lucid
Builder: American Ship Building Company, Lorain, Ohio
Laid down: 20 February 1943
Launched: 5 June 1943
Commissioned: 1 December 1943
Decommissioned: 28 August 1945
Fate: transfer to the Republic of China, 28 August 1945
Struck: 12 March 1948
Fate: permanent transfer to the Republic of China, 12 March 1948
History
Taiwan
Name: ROCS Yung Ting (AM-45)
Acquired: 28 August 1945
Renamed: ROCS Yang Ming (AGS-362), 1964
Decommissioned: 1 July 1972
Struck: 1 July 1972
Fate: unknown
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)
Propulsion:
Speed: 14.8 knots (27.4 km/h)
Complement: 104
Armament:
Service record
Part of: US Atlantic Fleet (1944-1945)

USS Lucid (AM-259) was an Admirable-class minesweeper built for the United States Navy during World War II. It was built to clear minefields in offshore waters, and served the Navy in the Atlantic Ocean.

Lucid was constructed by American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, Ohio, on 20 February 1943; launched on 5 June 1943, sponsored by Mrs. Joseph S. Mood; and commissioned on 1 December 1943, Lt. Charles Bulfinch in command.

World War II Atlantic operations[edit]

After shakedown out of Little Creek, Virginia, Lucid departed on 3 March 1944 for the Caribbean, arriving at Guantánamo Bay on 7 March. For the next twelve months, the minesweeper was assigned to escort duty between Trinidad, British West Indies, and Recife, Brazil. Protecting convoys from U-boat attacks, she made eight such voyages prior to reporting for duty as a training ship at Miami on 28 March 1945.

From April to June, Lucid operated as a school ship out of Miami and trained future naval officers in the art of seamanship.

Decommissioning[edit]

Following a brief overhaul at Norfolk, Virginia, the minesweeper returned to Miami, Florida, and decommissioned there on 28 August 1945.

She was transferred to the Republic of China as ROCS Yung Ting (AM-45). Her transfer to the Republic of China was made permanent on 12 March 1948, and Lucid was struck from the U.S. Naval Vessel Register the same day. In 1964, she was reclassified as a survey ship and renamed ROCS Yang Ming (AGS 362). She was decommissioned and struck from the Republic of China Navy on 1 July 1972. Her ultimate fate is unknown.

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