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USS FRIGATE BIRD MSC 191

History

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COMMANDING OFFICERS

LT George B.Schick Jr.
Jan 1955-Jul 1956
LT C.Lee Blair Jr.
Jul 1956-Nov 1957
LT D.T.Cannell
Nov 1957-Nov 1958
LT E.F.Jardine
Nov 1958-Mar 1960
LT John J.Kingston Jr.
Mar 1960-Dec 1961
LT David H.Griffin
Dec 1961-Jul 1963
LT B.P.Gordon
Jul 1963-Jan 1965
LT James F.Featherstone
Jan 1965-Jul 1966
LT James E.Hancock
Jul 1966-Dec 1967
LT Richard G.McHugh
Dec 1967-Jan 1968
LT James E.Hancock
Jan 1968-Feb 1968
LT Richard G.McHugh
Feb 1968-Sep 1968

LT R.J.McCarthy

Sep 1968-Nov 1968 (OIC)

LT R.F.Small

Nov 1968-Dec 1968 (OIC)

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Navy Expeditionary Medal
25 August 1961 to 30 October 1961  Cuba
07 July 1962 to 09 August 1962  Cuba
 
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
02 December 1965 to 29 January 1966 Dominican Republic

The second Frigate Bird (AMS-191) was launched 24 October 1953 by Quincy Adams Yacht Yard, Inc., Quincy, Mass.; sponsored by Mrs. Matthew Gushing; and commissioned 13 January 1955, Lieutenant (junior grade) G. B. Schick, Jr., in command. She was reclassified MSC-191 on 7 February 1955.
 
Joining Mine Force, Atlantic Fleet, at Charleston, S.C., 21 February 1955 Frigate Bird began a program of east coast and Caribbean training and experimental operations which continued through 1960. Among her activities were amphibious exercises on the beaches near Camp Lejeune, N.C., surveying ocean currents, testing a new type of can buoy, and taking part in fleet exercises of various types. From July 1958, she was homeported at Little Creek, Va., and served at frequent intervals with the Operational Development Force.

Members of the minesweeping community; The Lucid MSO-458 Foundation was formed by a group of minesweeper crewmen who served aboard US Navy MSO's. MSO's are a class of wooden hull oceangoing minesweepers that are now decommissioned and fading from public memory. The group has obtained the USS Lucid MSO-458 and has her docked at Bradford Island, California. Work has begun! The organization is restoring her and a public museum is established. The MSO is a little known and poorly documented, extremely interesting facet of Naval history. The USS Lucid Museum is dedicated to telling the story of the minesweeping men and their wooden ships, the last all wooden US Naval ships, to navigate the oceans. We will be telling the stories of Mine Recovery and UDT teams, Floating Pigs, Hammer Boxes, Magtails, Aluminum Engines and Towed Sonar. The little known stories of Contact, Magnetic and Acoustic minesweeping as well as the mystery of Magnetic Countermeasures will be told through the displays, narratives and museum media. Typhoons, tiny ships and ice-clad superstructures are only a small part of the "Wooden Ships and Iron Men" story. From sweeping the Mekong Delta in Viet Nam, observing the final Nuclear blasts on Johnston Island to sweeping the Persian Gulf, "Where the Fleet Goes, We've Been" will be clearly illustrated. Since there is no other Naval Museum that even attempts to tell the story of the MSO the USS Lucid is an important and living detail of US Naval History. First, Lucid must undergo a restoration. Previous civilian owners for commercial use have modified her. She needs hull repairs and painting and re-outfitting to be brought back to her former Naval dignity and glory. The Lucid MSO-458 Foundation has a workforce of planners, engineers and volunteer manpower who are vested and committed to this grand and worthy project. Bringing her to life is a large financial undertaking. We’re looking for tax-exempt gifts from the Military Industrial sector and individuals to help with this extremely valuable endeavor. Of course, all donors will be properly and prominently acknowledged aboard the vessel. Your donation will help preserve this vital part of Naval History. Please join us in telling the MSO story by sending a tax-exempt gift to Lucid MSO-458 Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit foundation through our website. http://www.usslucid.org
W.W."Mike"Warren EN2

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