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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 Magat Salamat (PS 19)
  • 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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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Gayety (AM 239)
    Gayety 64k 3 January 1945 Robert Hurst
    Chi Lang II (HQ 08)
    Chi Lang II 42k c. 1962
    Vietnamese Navy Photo
    Jane's Fighting Ships
    Magat Salamat (PS 19)
    Magat Salamat 34k Philippine Navy Photo Philippine Navy

    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
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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