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Online Library of Selected Images:
-- U.S. NAVY SHIPS --

USS Steady (AM-118, later MSF-118), 1942-1968

USS Steady, a 890-ton Auk class minesweeper, was built at Cleveland, Ohio. Commissioned in November 1942, she deployed to the Western Mediterranean in April 1943 and operated in that area until November 1944. During that time, Steady supported the invasions of Sicily, Salerno, Anzio and Southern France as a convoy escort and minesweeper. In February 1945, she went to the Pacific and was active off Okinawa from May until the War ended. During August-December 1945, she swept mines from Japan to China.

Steady returned to the United States in early 1946 and was decommissioned in June of that year. In 1955, while in reserve, she was redesignated MSF-118. Sold to Taiwan in 1967, USS Steady was struck from the Navy list in February 1968. She served in the Republic of China Navy as the patrol ship Ping Jin until inactivated in the mid-1990s.

This page features views of USS Steady.

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Photo #: NH 89416

USS Steady (AM-118)


Photographed 20 November 1942, four days after her commissioning.
Note that this ship does not have the two smokestacks typical of others of her class.

Courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 76KB; 740 x 635 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 89415

USS Steady (AM-118)


Photographed 20 November 1942, four days after her commissioning.

Courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 74KB; 740 x 615 pixels

 
Photo #: 80-G-215098

USS Steady (AM-118)


Off Sicily, during the invasion there, 12 July 1943.
Photographed from USS Ancon (AGC-4).
Note that this ship lacks the pair of bulky smokestacks that were typical of Raven/Auk class minesweepers. Also note diamond marking on her side.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.

Online Image: 126KB; 740 x 605 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system.

 
Photo #: NH 79735

USS Strive (AM-117)
,
USS Sustain (AM-119),
USS Steady (AM-118) and
USS Staff (AM-114) (listed from left to right)

Moored together, circa early 1946, probably at San Pedro or San Diego, California.

Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 91KB; 740 x 450 pixels

 


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25 May 1999