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

USS Sustain (AM-119, later MSF-119 & MMC-2), 1942-1959

USS Sustain, a 890-ton Auk class minesweeper built at Cleveland, Ohio, was commissioned in November 1942. After a few months of escorting convoys off the Atlantic coast, she went to the Western Mediterranean in April 1943. Over the next year and a half, Sustain provided escort and minesweeping duties there, and participated in the invasions of Sicily, Salerno, Anzio and Southern France. On 4 May 1944, while escorting a convoy, she helped sink the German submarine U-371. Late in 1944, she returned to the United States and was sent to the Pacific in February 1945. She arrived off Okinawa in June 1945. After the Japanese surrender, Sustain swept mines off Japan, in the East China Sea and off Formosa until leaving for the U.S. early in 1946.

Decommissioned in June 1946, Sustain returned to active service in January 1952. Assigned to the Atlantic Fleet, she operated off the U.S. East Coast and in the Mediterranean. Decommissioned again in February 1955 and redesignated MSF-119, she was again redesignated MMC-2 in 1958. Following conversion to a coastal minelayer, Sustain was transferred to Norway in October 1959. Renamed Tyr, she served in the Norwegian Navy until 1976.

This page features views of USS Sustain and provides information on other pictures that may be available from the National Archives.

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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

 


While the Naval Historical Center has no other views of USS Sustain, the National Archives appears to hold additional photographs. The following list features some of these images:

The images listed below are NOT in the Naval Historical Center's collections.
DO NOT try to obtain them using the procedures described in our page "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions.".


  • Photo #: 80-G-307297
    USS Sustain (AM-119) off Norfolk, Virginia, 29 January 1945.
    Port broadside aerial view, taken from low altitude by a NAS Norfolk, Virginia, plane.

  • Photo #: 80-G-307299
    USS Sustain (AM-119) off Norfolk, Virginia, 29 January 1945.
    Port stern aerial view, taken from low altitude by a NAS Norfolk, Virginia, plane.

  • Photo #: 80-G-307302
    USS Sustain (AM-119) off Norfolk, Virginia, 29 January 1945.
    Aerial view from off the ship's bow and somewhat to port, taken from low altitude by a NAS Norfolk, Virginia, plane.

  • Photo #: 428-N-1045244
    Starboard stern aerial view of USS Sustain (AM-119) underway, probably at the time she recommissioned in early 1952.

    Reproductions of these images should be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system for pictures not held by the Naval Historical Center.

     

    The images listed in this box are NOT in the Naval Historical Center's collections. DO NOT try to obtain them using the procedures described in our page "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions.".


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    29 May 1999