From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Giving intimation or knowledge.

(AM-250: dp. 530; I. 184'6"; b. 33'; dr. 9'9"; s. 15 k., cpl. 104; a. 1 3''; 4 40mm.;cl. Admirable)

Indicative (AM-250), a steel-hulled minesweeper, was laid down 29 September 1943 by Savannah Machine & Foundary Co., Savannah, Ga.; launched 12 -September 1943; sponsored by Mrs. E. L. Smith; and commissioned 26 June 1944, Lt. E. A. Comee in command.

Following shakedown and a training period at Little Creek, Va., Indicative sailed 19 August 1944 for antisubmarine exercises off Bermuda. She then took up regular duties as a convoy escort vessel between U.S. ports and Bermuda, helping to counter the German submarine menace in the western Atlantic.

The minesweeper departed New York 5 February 1945 and steamed by way of the Canal Zone and West Coast ports to Cold Bay, Alaska, arriving 4 April 1945. With other minecraft, she was transferred to Russia under Lend-Lease the next day. She was not returned after the war and was probably lost between 1948 and 1950. [Transcriber's Note: Serving the Soviet Navy as T-278, Indicative was mined and sunk off North Korea in May 1945.]