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Reform

 

To improve by removing faults and defects.

 

(AM - 286: displacement 625; length 1846; beam 33; draft 99; speed 15 knots; complement 104; armament 1 3, 2 40mm., 6 20mm., 2 machine guns, 2 depth charge tracks; class Admirable)

 

Reform (AM-286), a minesweeper, was laid down 24 June 1943 by General Engineering & Dry Dock Co., Alameda, Calif.; launched 29 January 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Roland H. McCune of San Francisco; and commissioned 28 February 1945, Lt. Francis Worcester in command.

 

After shakedown out of San Pedro, Santa Barbara, and San Diego, she sailed for the forward area to join the fleet 28 April. Touching at Guam, she sailed 18 June for Ulithi, and thence escorted a convoy to Okinawa, arriving Buckner Bay 26 June. The first week of July she commenced minesweeping operations in the East China Sea.

 

In June she assisted in sweeping the approaches to Jinsen, Korea, and by September she was sweeping the approaches to Sasebo, Japan. Reform rode out two typhoons in Sasebo Harbor, suffering only minor damage to her port shaft and screw when she was driven into a mooring buoy. Repairs were completed by 5 November. After a check sweep in the Yellow Sea off Korea, she again took up operations off the southwestern coast of Kyushu, and these continued until she was ordered home. Departing Japan 12 February 1946, she arrived San Pedro 28 March. Designated for transfer to the Chinese Navy, she sailed for Subic Bay, Philippine Islands and decommissioned there 9 November 1946. She was delivered to the Chinese Navy 15 June 1948, and struck from the Navy list 13 July 1948.

 

Reform received three battle stars for World War II service.



23 September 2005