USS Deft (AM-216) was an Admirable-class minesweeper built for the U.S. Navy during World War II. She was built to clear minefields in offshore waters, and served the Navy in the Pacific Ocean.
She was launched 28 March 1943 by Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Inc., Tampa, Florida; sponsored by Mrs. E. H. Jacobs; and commissioned 16 April 1945, Lieutenant J. C. Engle, USNR, in command.
World War II Pacific Ocean operations
sailed from Norfolk, Virginia
, 22 June 1945
and called at San Diego, California
, Pearl Harbor
, and Okinawa
before arriving at Sasebo
, 21 September
. She swept mines off the coast of Honshū
, and served in various occupation duties until 15 December
when she got underway for the west coast
Deft arrived at San Pedro, California, 4 April 1946 and remained there for local operations until 13 August when she sailed for the Philippines.
She reached Subic Bay 24 October
, was decommissioned 9 November 1946
and transferred to the Republic of China 27 August 1948
. She was scrapped by the Chinese Navy 16 January 1959
received one battle star for World War II service.