Allied Warships

USS Ardent (AM 340)

Minesweeper of the Auk class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantAM 340 
Built byGeneral Engineering and Dry Dock Co. (Alameda, California, U.S.A.) 
Laid down20 Feb 1943 
Launched22 Jun 1943 
Commissioned25 May 1944 
End service30 Jan 1947 

Laid down as HMS Buffalo (BAM 8), retained by the USN and renamed Ardent and redesignated AM-340 on 24 May 1943
Placed out of commission, in reserve 30 January 1947 at San Diego, California
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
Reclassified a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel-hulled) MSF-340 on 7 February 1955
Struck from the Naval Register 1 July 1972
Sold to Mexico 19 September 1972 and renamed Ignacio de la Llave (G-08).


Commands listed for USS Ardent (AM 340)

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1Lt.Cdr. Allan Davis Curtis, USNR25 May 194412 Aug 1945
2Robert Michael Simms, USNR12 Aug 1945

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Notable events involving Ardent include:

8 Nov 1944
Convoy PS 160T, made up of the following transports USS US Grant (AP 29, 9410 GRT, built 1907), USS Lynx (AK 100, 7176 GRT, built 1943), Duala (Norwegian, 1800 GRT, built 1938), Permanente (American, 9606 GRT, built 1902), Cape Cleare (American, 6711 GRT, built 1943) and the tanker Gulf Caribbean (American, 9299 GRT, built 1942) departed Pearl Harbour for San Francisco. The convoy was escorted by the frigate USS Rockford (M.C. McGuire, USCG) and the minesweeper USS Ardent (A.D. Curtis, USNR).



  1. Logbook USS Rockford for November 1944

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