- USS Measure (AM-263)
USS "Measure" (AM-263) was an
Admirable-classminesweeper built for the U.S. Navyduring World War II. She was built to clear minefields in offshore waters, and served the Navy in the Atlantic Oceanand then was transferred to the Pacific Oceanin order to lend the vessel to the Soviet Unionunder terms of the Lend Lease Act.
"Measure" was laid down by
American ShipbuildingCo., Lorain, Ohio, 5 June 1943; launched 23 October 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Richard W. Mills, Jr.; and commissioned 3 May 1944, Lt. Joseph J. Summerell, Jr., USNR., in command.
World War II Atlantic operations
After shakedown in the
St. Lawrence River, "Measure" departed Cleveland, Ohio, 21 Mayfor Boston, Massachusetts, with a stop at Halifax, Nova Scotia, arriving 2 June. On 16 Juneshe continued on to Little Creek, Virginia, arriving the 18th. Assigned to Mine Squadron 13, she spent most of the next month in minesweeping exercises in the Chesapeake Bay, then reported to Service Squadron 5 on 23 Julyfor towing duty.
Transfer to the Pacific Fleet
31 July"Measure" began operations as training and school shipout of Little Creek which continued into mid-December. On 26 Decembershe moved to Norfolk and 3 January 1945got underway for the U.S. West Coast, via Miami, Florida, and the Panama Canal, arriving San Diego, California, 28 February.
Attached to the
Western sea frontier, "Measure" steamed north 1 March; made a stopover at Seattle, Washington, 5 to 26 March; and arrived Kodiak, Alaska, the 31st for minesweeping duty.
Transfer to the Soviet Navy
After the German surrender on
8 May, "Measure" was leased to Russia 21 Mayas "T-275" for service with the Russian Navy. Purchased outright by the Sovietsin the late 1950s, "T-275" participated in landings at Seising, Korea, 15 August 1945; was awarded the Krasnoe Znamya order, (Order of the Red Banner) 14 September 1945; was decommissioned 23 October 1947and was converted to a Whalerand named "Buran" ("Blizzard"); She was scrapped in 1960.
List of United States Navy ships
World War II
* [http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/m8/measure.htm Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: "Measure"]
* [http://www.navsource.org/archives/11/02263.htm NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive - "Measure" (AM 263)]
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