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Prowess

 

Valor, and skill.

 

(AM–280: dp. 945 (f.); l. 184’6”; b. 33’; dr. 9’9”; s. 15 k.; cpl. 104; a. 1 3”, 2 40mm., 2 dct.; cl. Admirable)

 

Prowess (AM–280) was laid down 15 September 1943 by Gulf Shipbuilding Corp., Chickasaw, Ala.; launched 17 February 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Thomas W. Rubottom; and commissioned 27 September 1944, Lt. Comdr. J. W. Meire in command.

 

Following shakedown out of Little Creek, Va., Prowess (AM–280) escorted Pontiac (AF–20) from Boston to Bermuda, departing Boston 14 December 1944. Upon returning to Little Creek, she trained minesweeper personnel from 1 January 1945 to 31 August. Departing Little Creek 3 October, she participated in festivities honoring Admiral Nimitz at Washington, D.C., in early October. After a visit to Wilmington, Del., she returned to Norfolk.

 

Prowess entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet in December 1945. She was reclassified MSF–280 on 7 February 1955. Assigned a homeport of Buffalo, N.Y., from 1 September 1965 and reclassified IX–305 on 1 March 1966, she has served as a naval reserve training ship from February 1962 into 1970.