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Courtesy of Robert McDougal

Redwing Class Motor Minesweeper: Laid down, 1 September 1953 as AMS-201 at Tampa Marine Co., Tampa Bay, Fla; Launched, 21 July 1954; Redesignated a Coastal Minesweeper MSC-201, 7 February 1955; Commissioned USS Shrike (MSC-201), 21 March 1955; Decommissioned, 27 September 1968; Placed in service as a Naval Reserve Training Ship, August 1974; Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1975; Scrapped, April 1978.

Specifications: Displacement 412 t.; Length 145'; Beam 28'; Draft 12'; Speed 12.8 kts; Complement 40; Armament one 20mm, two .50 cal. machine guns, and one 81 mm mortar; Propulsion two 880shp General Motors 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.

David Bruhn

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