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Serene (MSF 300)
ex-AM-300



Call sign:
November - Quebec - Romeo - Juliet


Serene served the Navies of the United States and South Vietnam.

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 8 August 1943 by the Winslow Marine Railway and Shipbuilding Co., Winslow, WA
  • Launched 31 October 1943
  • Commissioned USS Serene (AM 300), 24 June 1944
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as December 1945
  • Decommissioned 19 July 1946 at Orange, TX
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-300, 7 February 1955
  • Transferred to South Vietnam 24 January 1964 and renamed Nhut Tao (HQ 10)
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 August 1964
  • Nhut Tao took part in the battle over ownership of the Paracel Islands between the Republic of South Vietnam and the People's Republic of China. On 19 January 1974 Nhut Tao was hit by a surface-to-surface missile and sank.

    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 1,710shp Cooper Bessemer GSB-8 diesel engines, National Supply Co. single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Serene 62k Nhut Tao (HQ 10) .
    Serene 43k . Tommy Trampp

    Commanding Officers
    01LT James Edward Galloway, USN24 June 1944
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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