USS Zeal (AM-131)

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USS Zeal (AM-131)



The USS Zeal
Career (US)
Builder: Gulf Shipbuilding Company
Laid down: 12 January 1942 at Chickasaw, Alabama
Launched: 15 September 1942
Sponsored by: sponsored by Mrs. John M. Hughes
Commissioned: 9 July 1943
Recommissioned: 19 December 1951
Decommissioned: 6 July 1956
Maiden voyage: Chickasaw, Alabama to New Orleans, Louisiana
Reclassified: MSF-131 on 5 February 1955
Struck: 1 December 1966
Homeport: Pipeline Pier, Long Beach, California
Honors and
awards:
four battle stars during World War II and an additional four for her postwar minesweeping service. During the Korean War, she earned one battle star
Fate: sunk as a target on 9 January 1967
Notes: Call sign: NBSX
General characteristics
Class & type: Auk class minesweeper
Displacement: 890 tons
Length: 221 ft 2 in (67.41 m)
Beam: 32 ft (9.8 m)
Draught: 10 ft 9 in (3.28 m)
Propulsion: 3,532shp General Motors 12-278 diesel electric engines, Farrel-Birmingham reduction gear, two shafts
Speed: 18.1 knots
Complement: 105
Armament: one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two twin 40mm gun mounts, two single 20mm gun mounts, two depth charge tracks, five depth charge projectile
Notes: crew members were awarded the "U.S.-R.O.C. Mutual Defense Commemorative Badge 1955-1979" and the "Honor Medal for 823 Bombardment" by the Republic of China.

USS Zeal (AM-131) was an Auk-class minesweeper that served in both World War II and during the Korean War. As a steel-hulled fleet minesweeper, she was assigned to support the fleet by removing enemy mines whose purpose was to impede the path of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Read more about USS Zeal (AM-131):  Laid Down in Alabama, Sea Trials, Post-Korean War Service, Decommissioning, Awards and Honors

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