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Chickadee (MSF 59)
ex-AM-59



Call sign:
November - Bravo - Echo - Lima


Chickadee served the Navies of the United States and Uruguay.

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 21 August 1941 by the Defoe Boat and Marine Works, Bay City, MI
  • Launched 20 July 1942
  • Commissioned USS Chickadee (AM 59), 9 November 1942
  • Decommissioned 15 May 1946 at Astoria, OR
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists decommissioning and placed in reserve date as December 1945
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-59, 7 February 1955
  • Transferred to Uruguay 18 August 1966 and renamed ROU Comandante Pedro Campbell (MSF 1)
  • Arrived in Uruguay 3 October 1966
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 August 1976
  • Reclassified MS-31
  • Reclassified as a Corvette, C-4, 23 November 1979
  • Reclassified A-24
  • Commenced a major overhaul 1 October 1986 for Antarctic expeditions
  • Overhaul completed in December 1989
  • Designated as an Antarctic and Oceanographic Support Vessel in May 1990
  • Underway for her first Antarctic cruise 15 January 1991
  • Decommissioned 18 March 2003
  • Struck from the Uruguayan Navy Register 12 December 2003
  • Being used as a training hulk for abandon ship drills as of 2006 at Escuela de Especialidades (Specialties School), Montevideo premier training facility, which is a combination boot camp, "A" schools and "C" schools.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 890 t.
  • Length 221' 2"
  • Beam 32' 2"
  • Draft 10' 9"
  • Speed 18.1 kts.
  • Complement 105
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 40mm gun mounts, eight 20mm guns, two depth charge tracks, and five depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 1,559shp ALCO 539 diesel electric engines, Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    ROU Comandante Pedro Campbell (MS 31)
    Chickadee 77k Courtesy of the Uruguayan Navy via CAPT Rodolfo Cuņarro Orlando Gallardo, Jr.
    ROU Comandante Pedro Campbell (C 4)
    Chickadee 135k Courtesy of the Uruguayan Navy via CAPT Rodolfo Cuņarro Orlando Gallardo, Jr.
    ROU Comandante Pedro Campbell (A 24)
    Chickadee 112k Courtesy of the Uruguayan Navy via CAPT Rodolfo Cuņarro Orlando Gallardo, Jr.
    Chickadee 80k
    Chickadee 169k
    Chickadee 111k Bow view of training hulk
    Thanks to the cooperation of the 'Escuela de Especialidades de la Armada' and its director CAPT Orlando Mara
    Chickadee 122k Training hulk looking forward from amidships
    Thanks to the cooperation of the 'Escuela de Especialidades de la Armada' and its director CAPT Orlando Mara
    Chickadee 135k Training hulk looking aft from amidships
    Thanks to the cooperation of the 'Escuela de Especialidades de la Armada' and its director CAPT Orlando Mara
    Chickadee 139k Stern of training hulk
    Thanks to the cooperation of the 'Escuela de Especialidades de la Armada' and its director CAPT Orlando Mara
    Chickadee 132k Stern of training hulk
    Thanks to the cooperation of the 'Escuela de Especialidades de la Armada' and its director CAPT Orlando Mara
    Chickadee 88k Training hulk
    Thanks to the cooperation of the 'Escuela de Especialidades de la Armada' and its director CAPT Orlando Mara

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Griffith B. Coale, USN9 November 1942
    02LT William Donald Allen, USN29 July 1943
    03LT William N. Swift, USN1 January 1945
    04LT Edgar Samuel Downs, USN1 April 1945
    05LT Paul B. Campagna, USN11 October 1945 - 15 May 1946
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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