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Auk Class Minesweeper: Laid down as HMS Blaze (BAM 6) by the General Engineering and Dry Dock Co., Alameda, CA.; Launched, 1 May 1943; Commissioned, 23 February 1944 USS Gladiator (AM-319); Decommissioned, 4 October 1946 at San Diego, CA; Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet; Re-commissioned, 29 February 1952 at Long Beach, CA; Reclassified a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel-hulled) (MSF-319), 7 February 1955; Decommissioned, 15 March 1955 at Long Beach, CA; Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Long Beach Group; Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1972; Sold to Mexico, 19 September 1972 and renamed Santos Degollado (G 07). Fate unknown. Gladiator received two battle stars for World War II service.

Specifications:

Hull:
Composition: Steel
Category: Fleet Minesweeper
Personnel:
Crew: 105
Propulsion:
Max Speed: 18 knots
Engines: 2
     General Motors Diesel: 2
Propellers: 2
Weaponry:
Guns: 7
      3"/.50 cal. Mounts: 1
     40mm Twin Mounts: 2
     20mm Single Mounts: 2
Depth Charges:
Tracks: 2
Projectiles: 5
Dimensions:
Length: 221' 3"
Beam: 32'
Draft: 10' 9"
Displacement: 890 tons


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