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Facility (AM-233)


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(AM-233: displacement 530; 1ength 184'6"; beam 33'; draft 9'9"; speed 15 knots; complement 104; armament 1 3-inch; class Admirable)

Facility (AM-233) was launched by the Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Co., Seattle, Wash., on 22 June 1944; sponsored by Miss Clara Lee Davis; and commissioned on 29 November 1944, Lt. C. R. Jennette, USNR, commanding.

She underwent shakedown training and proceeded to San Pedro and thence to Pearl Harbor, arriving on 17 February. After escorting minelayerWeehawken (CM-12) to Eniwetok early in March, Facility began sweeping under the command of TG 52.5 preliminary to the assault landings on Okinawa on 1 April. She continued to support the operation until damaged by a near miss during a heavy suicide attack and was forced to put into Ulithi on 22 April for repairs. She resumed sweeping operations, and, after replenishing supplies in Buckner Bay, joined TG 52.4 to participate with TG 52.3 in clearing the approaches to Nagasaki.

Late in September she swept the Bungo Suido and other areas of the Inland Sea. The rest of the year was occupied in overhaul at Hiro Wan and in sweeping the Van Dieman Straits.

In the first 2 months of 1946 Facility journeyed from Sasebo to Saipan, Eniwetok, and Pearl Harbor before making her first return to the States. She underwent overhaul at San Pedro, transited the Panama Canal on 22 March, and on to Galveston, Texas, where she was placed out of commission on 11 September 1946 and stricken from the Navy List on 1 May 1962.

Facility received three battle stars for her World War II service.

Published: Thu Mar 24 08:40:04 EDT 2016