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Pochard (MSF 375)

Call sign:
November - India - Bravo - Echo

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 10 February 1944 by the Savannah Machine and Foundry Co., Savannah, GA
  • Launched 11 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS Pochard (AM 375), 27 November 1944
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as December 1945
  • Decommissioned 15 January 1947 at San Diego, CA
  • Recommissioned 27 February 1952
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-375, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 3 August 1955 at Green Cove Springs, FL
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 December 1966
  • Sold for scrap 17 November 1967.


  • Displacement 890 t.
  • Length 221' 1"
  • Beam 32' 2"
  • Draft 10' 9"
  • Speed 18.1 kts.
  • Complement 117
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 40mm gun mounts, six 20mm gun mounts, one depth charge projector (hedgehog), four depth charge projector (k-guns) and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,766shp General Motors 12-278A diesel electric drive engines, Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Pochard 20k Namesake: Pochard - A heavy-bodied diving duck Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 28 April 2020
    Pochard 219k At Little Creek, Virginia on 13 February 1945, from the port bow wearing camouflage 32/1M. The colors are light gray, ocean gray and dull black
    National Archives photos 19-LCM-AM375-1 and 19-LCM-AM375-2
    Ships of the U.S. Navy in WWII “Dazzle” Camouflage
    Pochard 217k

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Dwight D. Long, Jr., USNR27 November 1944 - 15 November 1945
    02LCDR Henry Louis Ballou, USNR15 November 1945
    03LCDR Roger Hurst Allen, USN - USNA Class of 194115 May 1946 - 21 September 1946
    04LTJG John Henry Dickinson Davis, USNR21 September 1946 - 10 December 1946
    05LTJG William Bryan Patterson, USNR10 December 1946 - 15 January 1947
    06LT Cary Edward Landis, USN1952
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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