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USS KINGBIRD MSC 194

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Falcon Class Motor Minesweeper: Laid down, 26 February 1954 as AMS-194 by the Quincy Adams Yacht Yard, Inc., Quincy, MA.; Launched, 21 May 1954; Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-194 and named Kingbird, 7 February 1955; Commissioned USS Kingbird (MSC 194), 27 April 1955; Struck from the Navy Register 1 July 1972; Disposed of through the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for scrap, 1 March 1973.
 
Specifications: Displacement 290 t.; Length 144'; Beam 28'; Draft 9'; Speed 13 kts; Complement 39; Armament, two 20mm; Propulsion 600shp Packard diesel engines, two shafts.
 
Coastal minesweeper nonmagnetic construction, wooden hull and stainless steel, aluminum, and bronze engine and hull fittings.Fitted with UQS-1 sonar.  Range is 2500 miles at ten knots
 
 
 

WOODEN SHIPS AND IRON MEN a book by CDR David D.Bruhn USN RET.The history of our MSO's from 1953 to 1994. To learn more about this excellent minesweeper book please visit CDR Bruhn's website at the link below.

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