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Raven (MSF 55)

Call sign:
November - Echo - Delta - Quebec

Raven Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 28 June 1939 at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA
  • Launched 24 August 1940
  • Commissioned USS Raven (AM 55), 11 November 1940
  • Decommissioned 31 May 1946 and place in reserve at San Diego, CA
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists decommissioning and placed in reserve date as December 1945
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hulled), MSF-55, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 May 1967
  • Sunk as a target off southern California in 1967.


  • Displacement 810 t.
  • Length 220' 6"
  • Beam 32' 2"
  • Draft 9' 4"
  • Speed 18.1 kts.
  • Complement 105
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount and two 40mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two 900shp Fairbanks Morse 38RD8 diesel engines, Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Raven 24k Namesake: Raven - A large, black bird of the crow family Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 21 March 2020
    Raven 71k Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Raven 54k Wearing Measure 1 colors in this photograph.
    U. S. Navy photo courtesy of Floating Drydock from "Naval Camouflage 1914-1945: A Complete Visual Reference", by David Williams
    Robert Hurst
    Raven 94k Postcard Tommy Trampp
    Raven 94k Original photo: c. 1941
    Replacement photo: U.S. Navy photo from the 1943/1944 edition of Janes Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    Raven 85k c. 1941 .
    Raven 112k c. 1941
    Post card
    Richard Leonhardt
    Raven 278k 12 April 1941
    Norfolk Navy Yard Portsmouth, VA
    U.S. Navy photo 2-25
    Ed Zajkowski
    Raven 115k Mae Weigand hand painted Naval Cover dated 1 July 1941 Tommy Trampp
    Raven 92k c. 1942
    In Measure 12 Modified with a non-standard bow wave
    National Archives photo 80-G-043656
    Tracy White
    Raven 80k c. August 1942
    National Archives photo from Allied Escort Ships of World War II by Peter Elliott
    Krlicbegovic Edib
    Bosnia & Hercegovina

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Joe Warren Stryker, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral11 November 1940 - 1941
    02LCDR Francis Smith Kirk, USNR1941 - 19 May 1942
    03LCDR Colby Guequierre Rucker, USN19 May 1942 - 23 January 1943
    04LT James L. Davenport, USN23 January 1943 - 6 October 1943
    05LCDR John Francis Madden, USN6 October 1943 - 31 August 1945
    06LT Henry W. Bull, Jr., USNR31 August 1945 - 7 September 1945
    07ENS J. Schneer, USNR7 September 1945 - 9 October 1945
    08LT Henry W. Bull, Jr., USNR9 October 1945 - 17 January 1946
    09ENS J. Schneer, USNR17 January 1946 - 31 May 1946
    ??LCDR William Henry Glenn, USN
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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