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Avocet (AVP 4)

Call sign:
Nan - Able - Dog - Peter

ex-Minesweeper No. 19

Call sign (1919):
George - Tare - Rush - Pup

Lapwing Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 13 September1918 by Baltimore Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co., Baltimore, MD
  • Launched 9 March 1918
  • Commissioned USS Avocet, Minesweeper No.19, 17 September 1918
  • Designated AM-19, 17 February 1920
  • Decommissioned 3 April 1922 at Cavite Navy Yard, Philippines
  • Recommissioned 8 September 1925 at Cavite
  • Reclassified as a Small Seaplane Tender, AVP-4, 22 January 1936
  • Decommissioned 10 December 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 3 January 1946
  • Sold for scrap 12 December 1946.


  • Displacement 950 t.
    1936 - 1,350 t.
  • Length 187' 10"
  • Beam 35' 6'
  • Draft 9' 10"
    1936 - 13' 1"
  • Speed 14 kts.
    1936 - 13.5 kts.
  • Complement 78
    1936 - 85
  • Armament: Two 3" gun mounts and machine guns
    1936 - Two 3"/50 dual purpose mounts
    1944 - One 3"/50 dual Purpose mount and two 20mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two Babcock and Wilcox boilers, triple expansion reciprocating steam engine, one shaft
    1936 - Two Babcock and Wilcox 200psi header boilers, one 1,400shp Baltimore Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co. 200psi saturated steam vertical triple expansion reciprocating engine.
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    USS Avocet (Minesweeper No. 19)
    Avocet 277k Photo from "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage" by the U.S. Navy North Sea Minesweeping Detachment Joe Radigan
    USS Avocet (AM 19)
    Avocet 94k c. July/August 1921
    USS California (BB 44) and Avocet in the Mare Island Channel.
    Darryl Baker
    Avocet 85k 10 August 1921
    Commissioning ceremony aboard USS California (BB 44) at Mare Island Navy Yard. Avocet is alongside the California's port side.
    U.S. Navy photo 6627
    Avocet 106k Avocet after being blown onto a sand bar at Chefoo, China by a typhoon on 26 August 1928. She is carrying a Martin T3M-2 torpedo plane of Torpedo Squadron VT-5A. USS Jason (AC-12), also serving as an aircraft tender, is in the distance.
    U.S. Marine Corps Museum photo, Jack A. Wagner collection, from copy at the Naval History and Heritage Command
    Robert Hurst
    Avocet 157k Avocet tending two T4M aircraft of VT-5 in Manila Bay circa early 1932. One aircraft is afloat under the ship's aircraft handling boom aft, while the other is on a wooden Navy open lighter, (YC-147), amidships. Men from the aircraft squadron also lived in the tents on the barge
    Photo from Shipscribe website
    Mike Green
    USS Avocet (AVP 4)
    Avocet 260k Stamped on back of photo "Our Navy" U.S. Navy photo 1 Hanson Place Brooklyn 17 Navy York Tommy Trampp
    Avocet 510k Deck Logs for 6 December 1941 Eric Watson
    Avocet 335k 7 December 1941
    Position of Avocet and other ships at Pearl Harbor.
    Map courtesy of National Geographic Book Division
    Joe Radigan
    Avocet 665k Deck Logs for 7 December 1941 Eric Watson
    Avocet 262k
    Avocet 94k Avocet at Berth Fox-1A, at Ford Island, prior to 1045 hrs. on 7 December, when she moved to avoid oil fires drifting southward along the shore of Ford Island.
    U.S. Navy photo 80-G-32669
    Naval Historical Center
    Avocet 102k Avocet in foreground with Nevada (BB-36) in background, headed down channel after being intensely attacked by Japanese dive bombers. Photographed from Ford Island
    U.S. Navy photo NH 97396
    Avocet 83k Gunners on board Avocet look for more Japanese planes, at about the time the air raid ended. Photographed from atop a building at Naval Air Station Ford Island, looking toward the Navy Yard. Nevada (BB-36) is at right, with her bow afire. Beyond her is the burning Shaw (DD-373). Smoke at left comes from the destroyers Cassin (DD-372) and Downes (DD-375), ablaze in Drydock Number One.
    U.S. Navy photo 80-G-32445
    Avocet 143k 7 December 1941
    Unidentified ships are visible, as well as a B-17 flying over the mountains in the background
    U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo No. 1996.488.029.016
    Mike Green
    Avocet 428k Deck Logs for 8 December 1941 Eric Watson
    Avocet 127k Avocet in Elliott Bay, Seattle, Washington, on 1 March 1944. Her single 3"/50 gun is mounted in the original large tub that previously held two of these weapons
    National Archives photo 19-N-63708
    Mike Green

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Christian Crone, USN - Awarded the Navy Cross (1919)17 September 1918 - 5 September 1919
    02LT Colin Campbell, USN5 September 1919
    03LTJG Forrest Alexis Rhodes, USN23 April 1921 - 3 April 1922
    04LCDR Grady Baskin Whitehead, USN8 September 1925
    05LT George Alfred Ott, USN17 January 1926 ??
    06LT Frederick Stacer Holmes, USN17 January 1926 ??
    07LT Homer Franklin McGee, USN10 April 1927
    08LT George Francis Mentz, USN - USNA Class of 1909
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    25 April 1931
    09LT Robert Edward Jasperson, USN23 April 1935
    10LT Thomas Binney Williamson, USN - Retired as Vice Admiral18 July 1936
    11LCDR Joseph Malcolm Carson, USN - USNA Class of 1925
    Awarded the Navy Cross, Legion of Merit w/Combat V and Bronze Star w/Combat V - Retired as Rear Admiral
    6 July 1938 - July 1940
    12LT Robert Ellington Dixon, USN - Awarded two Navy Crosses (1942)
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    July 1940 - July 1941
    13LCDR William Crawford Jonson, Jr., USNJuly 1941 - 19 August 1943
    14LT Gus Otis Davis, USNR19 August 1942 - April 1943
    15LT George F. Keene, USN7 April 1943 - 31 November 1943
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

    View the Avocet (AM-19)
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