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Swift (MSF 122)
ex-AM-122



Call sign:
November - Bravo - Delta - November

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 27 June 1942 by the John H. Mathis Co., Camden, NJ
  • Launched 5 December 1942
  • Commissioned USS Swift (AM 122), 29 December 1943
  • Placed "in commission, in reserve" in February 1946 at the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego, CA
  • Placed "out of commission, in reserve," 4 June 1946
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists out of commission, in reserve as December 1945
  • Recommissioned 19 December 1951
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-122, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 13 December 1955 and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 July 1972 and scrapped.

    Specifications:

  • 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 1,766shp General Motors 12-278 diesel electric engines, Farrel-Birmingham reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Swift 28k . Joe Radigan
    Swift 96k From the collection of former crewmember Arthur Wendell Natalie, Jr. Nate Carpenter
    Swift 34k c. 1955 John Bates
    Swift 67k

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Richard Kendall Cockey, USNR29 December 1943 - 31 August 1945
    02LT Vincent de Paul Hurley, USNR31 August 1945 - 20 September 1945
    03LT Dana Kent Law, USNR20 September 1945
    04LTJG Francis F. Peterson, USNR10 February 1946
    05LT Christopher Joseph Casserly, USN19 December 1951 - April 1952
    06LT Robert Barr Smith, USNApril 1952 - 1953
    07LT Willian Arthur Simcox, USN1953
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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    Association of Minemen
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