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SHIPS RECOMMISSIONED-Three Navy minesweepers were recommissioned yesterday at ceremonies held at the Naval Base here. The vessels are shown above with their crews standing at attention as Captain Wayne N. Gamet, USN, commander of the Long Beach Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet, recommissioned the vessels. Rear Admiral Thomas R. Cooley, USN, deputy commander of the Western Sea Frontier, delivered the commissioning address. –(Press Telegram Photo.)
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Lay-ups Ends for 3 Vessels
The Navy mine sweepers Competent, Devastator and Gladiator, laid up for
several years, are back in commission here today and ready for assignment.
The three big steel-hulled sweepers were put in commission in ceremonies yesterday afternoon at the mooring of the Long Beach Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet, by Captain Wayne N. Gamet reserve group commander Rear Admiral Thomas R. Cooley deputy commander of the Pacific Reserve Feet and deputy commander for the Western Sea Frontier, was principal speaker.
El Toro Marine Band played martial airs as the Competent was placed in command of Lt. commander. Edward A. Grant, the Devastator in command of Lt. James E. Murphy Jr., and the Gladiator in command of Joe R. Perry.
Each of the ships carries 103 enlisted men.
The Gladiator was first commissioned in 1942, the Competent in 1943, and the Devastator in 1944. All three vessels participated in the war in the Pacific.
The Naval Shipyard reconditioned the Devastator and Gladiator; Craig Shipbuilding Co. the Competent.
Several other mine sweepers of this class currently are being conditioned.
From the Rocky LoCascio Collection
Click Here Re-commissioning the Program and a List of the Crew Aboard for the Commissioning. The Re-commissioning pages are in two parts, copies of the original pass-outs (do to the age some parts are difficult to read) and a retyped copy for clarity.