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Effective I (AM-92)


The first U.S. Navy ship named for the general word classification.


(AM-92: displacement 295; length 173'8"; beam 23'; draft 11'7"; speed 17 knots; complement 65; armament 1 3-inch; class Adroit)

Effective (AM-92) was launched on 13 June 1942 by Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, Pa.; sponsored by Mrs. B. H. Rhoads; and commissioned on 1 October 1942, Lt. Comdr. A. A. Campbell, USNR, in command. She was reclassified to PC-1596 on 1 June 1944.

Effective sailed from New Orleans, La., on 11 November 1942, and called at Key West, Fla., and Charleston, S.C., before arriving at Norfolk, Va., on 8 January 1943. After intensive training, she arrived in Bermuda in February. She remained there on patrol and local escort, with occasional escort voyages to ports on the east coast, until 7 July 1944. Sailing from Bermuda she rendezvoused with a convoy bound for the Mediterranean.

On 15 August 1944, PC-1596 saw action during Operation Dragoon, landings by the U.S. VI and Free French II Corps in southern France. She continued to support the operation by escorting convoys among various Mediterranean ports, training and patrol. She departed Oran, Algeria, on 27 May 1945 for the east coast and arrived at Jacksonville, Fla., in June. She was decommissioned on 9 November 1945, and transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal on 30 July 1946.

PC-1596 received one battle star for her World War II service.

Published: Mon Nov 09 10:22:53 EST 2015