USS Change (AM-159)

USS Change (AM-159)

USS "Change" (AM-159) was an "Admirable"-class minesweeper built for the U.S. Navy during World War II. She was built to clear minefields in offshore waters, and served the Navy in the Pacific Ocean.

She was launched 15 December 1942 by Willamette Iron and Steel Works, Portland, Oregon; commissioned 28 February 1944, Lieutenant F. M. Linderman in command; and reported to the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

World War II Pacific Ocean operations

"Change" arrived at Kwajalein 2 June 1944 for convoy escort duty between Pearl Harbor, Kwajalein, Majuro, and Eniwetok. Providing essential services in guarding the enormous volume of men and cargo moved in rear areas to provide support for the frontline campaigns, Change based at Eniwetok from 15 September. Her operations took her to Guadalcanal, Manus, Ulithi, Guam, Iwo Jima, and Saipan before 5 August 1945, when she cleared for Seattle, Washington.

Post-War decommissioning

After overhaul, "Change" sailed to Pearl Harbor in November 1945, then cleared for the east coast. She was placed out of commission in reserve at New Orleans, Louisiana on 3 July 1946, and was reclassified MSF-159 on 7 February 1955. Date of removal from the Navy List is not shown in Navy records. She was scrapped in 1960.


See also

* List of United States Navy ships
* Patrol boat

External links

* [ NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive - Change (MSF 159) - ex-AM-159 - ex-AMc-136]

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