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Gayety (MSF 239)
ex-AM-239



Call sign:
November - Foxtrot - Lima - Yankee



Gayety served the Navies of the United States, South Vietnam and the Philippines.


Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 14 November 1943 at Winslow Marine Railway and Shipbuilding, Winslow, Washington
  • Launched 19 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS Gayety (AM 239), 23 September 1945
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as December 1945
  • Decommissioned 1 March 1954 at Orange, TX
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-239, 7 February 1955
  • Transferred to South Vietnam 17 April 1962 and renamed Chi Lang II (HQ 08)
  • Escaped to the Philippines in 1975 after the fall of South Vietnam
  • Renamed RPS Magat Salamat (PS 20)
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 945 t.(fl)
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9' 9"
  • Speed 14.8 kts.
  • Complement 104
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount, one twin 40mm gun mount, six 20mm gun mounts, one depth charge projector (hedgehog), four depth charge projectors (K-guns) and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 855shp Cooper Bessemer GSB-8 diesel engines, National Supply Co. single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    USS Gayety (AM 239)
    Gayety 64k 3 January 1945 Robert Hurst
    RVN Chi Lang II (HQ 08)
    Chi Lang II/Gayety 172k c. 1960's
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 93779
    Mike Green
    Chi Lang II 42k c. 1962
    Vietnamese Navy photo
    Jane's Fighting Ships
    Gayety 160k 9 April 1968
    Chi Lang II, positions herself in the South China Sea to shell the beach during an assault and beach survey to be conducted by U.S. and Vietnamese Naval unit on Peninsula ten miles North of Nha Trang
    National Archives photo K-47929 by PH1 L. R. Robinson, USN
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Gayety 218k 31 May 1975
    Subic Bay, Philippines
    Former South Vietnamese and Cambodian Navy ships tied up at buoy No. 1, after bringing in refugees. They are (l-r): Vietnamese ships: HQ-471, ex-YOG-33; Dong Da II (HQ 07), ex-Crestview (PCE 895); Chi Lang II; Chi Linh (HQ 11), ex-Shelter (MSF 301); Cambodian Ships: P-112, E-312, ex-PC-1171
    National Archives photo K-109092
    RPS Magat Salamat (PS 20)
    Magat Salamat/Gayety 34k Philippine Navy Photo Philippine Navy
    Gayety 64k 13 May 2011
    Makar Port, General Santos City, Mindanao, Philippines
    From the collection of Mike Baylon
    Edison Sy
    Gayety 64k 17 January 2014
    Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines
    Tied up pierside at Davao City, while delivering aid items to Davao Oriental Province
    Photo by Ensign Herlijk F. Gregorio, PN
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR John Francis Rowe, USNR23 September 1945 - 6 March 1945
    02LT Robert Bruce Harrell, USNR6 March 1945 - 22 July 1945
    03LT Robert Henry Crowe, USNR22 July 1945 - 13 November 1945
    04LT Arch Kevin Moseley, USNR13 November 1945
    05LT Thomas Franklin Booker, USN - USNA Class of 194511 May 1951
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
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