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Skirmish (MSF 303)
ex-AM-303



Call sign:
November - Quebec - Uniform - Bravo


Skirmish served the Navies of the United States and the Dominican Republic.

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 8 April 1943 by Associated Shipbuilders, Seattle, WA
  • Launched 16 August 1943
  • Commissioned USS Skirmish (AM 303), 30 June 1944
  • Decommissioned in December 1945 at Orange, TX
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-303, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 January 1965
  • Transferred to the Dominican Republic 14 January 1965 and renamed Tortuguero (BM-455)
  • Reclassified C-455
  • 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 1,710shp Cooper Bessemer GSB-8 diesel engines, National Supply Co. single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Commanding Officers
    01LT Bruce Leverington Hyatt, USNR30 June 1944 - 12 September 1945
    02LT Richard Allen Anderson, USNR12 September 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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