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Deft
(AM-216: dp. 530; l. 184'6"; b. 33'; dr. 9'9"; s. 15 k.; cpl. 104; a. 1 3"; cl. Admirable)

Quick and neat in action; skillful.

Deft (AM-216) was launched 28 March 1943 by Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Inc., Tampa, Fla.; sponsored by Mrs. E. H. Jacobs; and commissioned 16 April 1945, Lieutenant J. C. Engle, USNR, in command.

Deft sailed from Norfolk 22 June 1945, and called at San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Saipan, and Okinawa before arriving at Sasebo, Japan, 21 September. She swept mines off the coast of Honshu, and served in various occupation duties until 15 December when she got underway for the west coast.

Deft arrived at San Pedro 4 April 1946 and remained there for local operations until 13 August when she sailed for the Philippines. She reached Subic Bay 24 October, was decommissioned 9 November 1946 and transferred to the Republic of China 27 August 1948. She was scrapped by the Chinese Navy 16 January 1959.

Deft received one battle star for World War II service.