Commissioned 21 October 1944
Construction started 1944
Length 56 m
Year built 1944
|Laid down 1944|
Decommissioned 27 July 1946
Launched 21 May 1944
Weight 538.5 tons
|Builder Winslow Marine Railway & Shipbuilding Company|
Reclassified MSF-240 7 February 1955
Part of United States Pacific Fleet (1944–1946)
Similar USS Marlin (SST‑2), Nash, Freedom Park, Luna, USS Tacoma
Uss hazard am 240
USS Hazard (AM-240) was an Admirable-class minesweeper that served in the United States Navy during World War II.
Hazard was launched on 1 October 1944 and was commissioned on 30 December 1944. The vessel was built by the Winslow Marine Railway and Shipbuilding Company of Winslow, Washington. Hazard was fitted for both wire and acoustic sweeping and could double as an anti-submarine warfare platform. The Admirable class of minesweepers were also used for patrol and escort duties.
Hazard first served in this capacity, escorting a convoy from San Francisco to Pearl Harbor, and then running with convoys to Eniwetok and Ulithi. In March 1945, the sweeper was sent to Okinawa, where she first performed anti-submarine patrols before sweeping the waters off Kerama Retto in keeping with the minesweeper's slogan, "No Sweep, No Invasion."
At the war's end the ship cleared the seas off Korea and Japan for the occupation forces.
Returning to the United States in 1946, Hazard was decommissioned and joined the reserve fleet. Stricken from the Navy Register in 1971, Hazard was purchased by a group of Omaha, Nebraska, businessmen and placed on public display. She also bears the camouflage paint she had during World War II. She is open to the public along with the submarine USS Marlin (SST-2), an A-4 Skyhawk, an A-7 Corsair II, and an HH-52A Seaguard US Coast Guard helicopter at Freedom Park on the Missouri River waterfront in East Omaha.
Hazard earned three battle stars for her World War II service.
Hazard is a National Historic Landmark, the only Admirable-class minesweeper left in the United States. Her sister ship, the USS Inaugural (AM-242) was a museum ship in St. Louis until she was destroyed in the Great Flood of 1993.