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Sage (MSF 111)

Call sign:
November - Alpha - Whiskey - Bravo

Sage served the Navies of the United States and Mexico.

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 29 July 1942 by the Winslow Marine Railway and Shipbuilding Co., Inc., Seattle, WA
  • Launched 21 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS Sage (AM 111), 23 August 1943
  • Decommissioned in February 1947 at Orange, TX and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet Texas Group, Orange
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists out of commission, in reserve as August 1946
  • Recommissioned 16 March 1951
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-111, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 19 April 1955 at Green Cove Springs, FL
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 July 1972
  • Sold to Mexico 4 November 1973 and renamed Hermenegildo Galeana (G 19)
  • 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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    Sage 159k At Naval Shipyard San Francisco, CA on 10 June 1944, in camouflage 32/1M. The colors are dull black, ocean gray and light gray and the circles identify changes made by the shipyard
    Photo BS 77058 from the National Archives Bureau of Ships collection
    Ships of the U.S. Navy in WWII “Dazzle” Camouflage
    Sage 295k Kelly

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Franklyn K. Zinn, USNR23 August 1943 - 1944
    02LT Daisy Louis Brantley, USNR26 May 1945
    03LCDR William Francis Smith, II, USN10 November 1945 - October 1946
    04LT George Frank Coffin, USNR17 May 1946
    05LCDR James Franklin Hill, USN12 October 1946 - 15 February 1947
    06LCDR Albert Pinson Carpenter, USN1952
    07LCDR Harvey O'Neill Webster, Jr., USNMarch 1954 - 19 April 1955
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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