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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive

Courtesy of Mike Smolinski

Heed (MSF 100)

Call sign:
November - Alpha - Lima - Bravo

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 14 February 1942 by the General Engineering and Dry Dock Co., Alameda, CA
  • Launched 19 June 1942
  • Commissioned USS Heed (AM 100), 27 February 1943
  • Decommissioned 15 January 1947 at San Diego, CA
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists out of commission, in reserve as December 1945
  • Recommissioned 5 March 1952
  • Decommissioned 27 January 1954 at Orange, TX
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hulled), MSF-100, 7 February 1956
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 March 1967.
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 890 t.
  • Length 221' 2"
  • Beam 32'
  • Draft 10' 9"
  • Speed 18.1 kts.
  • Complement 105
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 40mm gun mounts, two 20mm gun mounts, two depth charge tracks and five depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 1,559shp Busch Sulzer 539 diesel electric engines, Westinghouse reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Heed 331k Aerial port bow view of Heed underway
    National Archives photo USN 1045243
    Mike Green
    Photo added 18 April 2019
    Heed 124k 30 July 1953
    Charleston, SC
    Ralph Sherman

    Commanding Officers
    01LT John Joseph Lind, USN27 February 1943 - 1943
    02CDR Ralph Baker Randolph, USNRMarch 1943 - 29 August 1943
    03LT Martin Louis Dickerson, USN29 August 1943
    04LT Magruder Dent, Jr., USN21 October 1943
    05LT John Joseph Lind, USN4 December 1944 - 31 July 1945
    06LT Robert Sherman Juhl, USN31 July 1945
    07LT William Peter Telling, USN31 August 1945
    08LTJG Alfred Harold Herrington, USNR25 February 1946
    09LTJG John Spence Crow, USNR19 December 1946 - 15 January 1947
    10LT Earl Norman Robinson, USN5 March 1952
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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