From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


To have ability or fitness to carry out a task.

(AM-155: dp. 630; 1. 184'6"; b. 33'; dr. 10'; s. 15 k.; cpl. 104; a. 1 3"; cl. Admirable)

Capable (AM-155) was launched 16 November 1942 by Willamette Iron and Steel Corp., Portland, Oreg.; commissioned 5 December 1943, Lieutenant Commander W. C. Kunz, USNR, in command; and reported to the Pacific Fleet.

Capable cleared San Francisco 8 February 1944 for Pearl Harbor and Majuro, arriving 9 March. Based there until October 1944, Capable served as convoy escort, voyaging to Pearl Harbor, Kwajalein, Tarawa, Eniwetok, Manus, and Makin. The ships, supplies, and men she guarded helped to build up the great fleet bases of the Pacific and carry the war west across the ocean through the stepping-stone island groups.

Moving on to the more advanced base at Eniwetok, Capable served on local patrol and escort in the Marianas, and in February 1945 guarded a convoy to UIithi as part of the intricate preparations for the massive Iwo Jima assault. The minesweeper returned to Seattle, Wash., 6 April for overhaul and on 11 July arrived at Cold Bay, Alaska, to train a Russian crew. Capable was decommissioned 16 August 1945 and transferred to the Soviet Union under lend-lease. [Transcriber's Note: Capable served as T-595 in the Soviet Navy and was allegedly scrapped in the U.S.S.R. in 1956.]