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FIRM's mission was to conduct minesweeping and minehunting operations. The agility of a minesweeper to clear the sea lanes is a very important one for the United States since the use of mines can tie-up both civilian and Navy ships until the channel can be swept. With ships like the FIRM performing their mission, the possibility that other ships will be sunk or damaged by mines is greatly lessened.
Builder J. M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corp., Tacoma, Wash. Launched 15 April 1953 Commissioned 12 October 1954 Homeport Long Beach, CA Ships Compliment 74 Enlisted, 6 Officers Length 172 feet Max Beam Width 36 feet Displacement 620 tons Armament 40mm Bow Gun and Two 50 Caliber Machine Guns Draft 10 Ft Speed 12 Knots Propulsion Four Packard ID1700 diesel engines 4 cycle, 2280 Hp, 12 cylinder engines, 1,140 Hp per shaft, 2 shafts, with controllable pitch propellers. Cost to build $3.5 million
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