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Implicit

 

To be understood though not expressed; implied.

 

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(AM-246: dp. 530; l. 184'6"; b. 33'; dr. 9'9"; s. 15 k.; cpl. 104 ; a. 1 3", 4 40mm.; cl. Admirable)

 

The first Implicit (AM-246) was launched by Savannah Machine & Foundry Co., Savannah, Ga., 6 September 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Helen P. Page; and commissioned 20 January 1944, Lt. Comdr. H. V. Brown in command.

 

Following her shakedown training in Chesapeake and Casco Bays, Implicit sailed from Norfolk 21 April 1944 on convoy duty to Bermuda. She steamed between Norfolk and Caribbean ports on escort duty until returning to Hampton Roads 16 June. The ship then prepared for her part in the invasion of southern France, sailing 24 July 1944 with transports bound for Oran, Algeria. She arrived off southern France 20 August, 5 days after the initial landings, and began a daily schedule of minesweeping and patrolling. She disposed of many floating mines, and exchanged fire with a shore battery 6 September and 10 September. Implicit sailed from San Rafael for Bizerte 23 October where she conducted minesweeping exercises.

 

The ship sailed from Palermo 18 January 1945 and after stopping at Athens and Istanbul arrived Yalta 31 January 1945 to be on hand at the historic Yalta Conference of Allied heads of state. After the conference she retraced her steps, arriving Palermo 21 February. After antisubmarine exercises, Implicit sailed in convoy for the United States, arriving Norfolk 5 May 1945. With the war in Europe over, she prepared for Pacific service, and sailed 5 July 1945 via the Panama Canal for San Diego. There the ship conducted minesweeping and counter-measures exercises in California waters before arriving Pearl Harbor 20 August, 5 days after the surrender of Japan.

 

The end of the war brought rigorous duty for fleet minesweepers, and Implicit sailed 3 September for Eniwetok, Saipan, Okinawa, and other Pacific Islands to take up minefields. She also performed this vital dangerous duty in Sasebo harbor and in the South China Sea, as well as in Formosa Strait. The ship sailed from Eniwetok 18 February 1946, and arrived San Pedro via the Hawaiian Islands 18 March. She remained there until 20 July, when the veteran ship got underway for transfer to China. Steaming via Eniwetok and the Philippines, she arrived Subic Bay 30 October 1946 and decommissioned 16 November 1946. After much delay she was eventually turned over to the Nationalist Chinese Navy 15 June 1948, where she serves as Yung Chia (MSF-47).

 

Implicit received two battle stars for World War II service.