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Ptarmigan (MSF 376)

Call sign:
November - India - Bravo - Hotel

Ptarmigan served the Navies of the United States and the Republic of Korea.

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 9 March 1944 by the Savannah Machine and Foundry Co., Savannah, GA
  • Launched 15 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS Ptarmigan (AM 376), 15 January 1945
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as December 1945
  • Decommissioned 3 June 1946 at San Pedro, CA
  • Recommissioned 28 October 1950
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-376, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 17 May 1957 at Astoria, OR
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 July 1963
  • Transferred to the Republic of Korea 25 July 1963 and renamed Shin Song (PCE 1001)
  • Struck from the Navy Register in 1984
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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 single 40mm gun mounts, six single 20mm gun mounts, one depth charge projector (hedgehog), four depth charge projectors (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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    USS Ptarmigan (AM 376)
    Ptarmigan 127k At Little Creek, Virginia on 13 March 1945, wearing camouflage 32/1M. The colors are light gray, ocean gray and dull black
    National Archives photos 19-LCM-AM376-1 and 19-LCM-AM376-5
    Ships of the U.S. Navy in WWII “Dazzle” Camouflage
    Ptarmigan 188k
    USS Ptarmigan (MSF 376)
    Ptarmigan 188k Don Sparks
    Ptarmigan 68k Under conversion to a Patrol Craft for South Korea
    Ptarmigan 98k
    Ptarmigan 65k
    ROKN Shin Song (PCE 1001)
    Ptarmigan 45k c. 1964 Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Francis Post Allen, Jr., USNR15 January 1945 - 1 October 1945
    02LT Harry Alonso Harlan, USNR1 October 1945
    03LTJG Martin John Jaeger, USN29 October 1945 - 3 June 1946
    04LCDR Harold Dean Durham, USN28 October 1950
    05LT Robert Dale Wood, USN.
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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