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Vim

 

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(PG-99: dp. 980; 1. 205'0"; b. 33'0"; dr. 11'; s. 16 k.; cpl. 109; a. (Br.) 1 4", 1 2-pdr., 6 20mm., 1 dcp (hh.); cl. Action)

 

When the United States entered World War II at the end of 1941, the Navy found itself sadly deficient in ocean escort-type vessels. A crash building program was instituted; but, to meet more immediate needs, the government contracted with shipbuilding firms in England and Canada to build Flower-class corvettes. Vim (PG-99) was one of those British-type escorts. She was launched on 1 April 1943 at the Collingwood Shipyard in England. Nine days later, however, she was transferred to the United Kingdom under the terms of the lend-lease agreement in return for another Flower-class corvette then under construction in Canada. The British renamed her Statice (K.281), and she served the Royal Navy under the name through World War II. On 21 June 1946, she was returned to the United States Navy. Though carried on the Navy list as PG-99, the corvette never saw active service with the United States Navy. She was sold on 7 May 1947. To whom she was sold and to what purpose she was put is unknown.