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Quail (MSF 377)

Call sign:
November - India - Bravo - Zulu

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 12 April 1944 by the Savannah Machine and Foundry Co., Savannah, GA
  • Launched 20 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS Quail (AM 377), 5 March 1945
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as December 1945
  • Decommissioned in April 1946 at San Diego, CA
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-377, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 December 1966 and sold for scrap.


  • 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 (hedgehogs), 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 Quail (AM 377)
    Quail 132k Namesake: Quail - A migratory game bird Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 18 February 2020
    Quail 95k Probably at Little Creek, Virginia in early 1945, wearing camouflage 32/1M. The colors are light gray, ocean gray and dull black
    National Archive photos 19-LCM-AM377-4 and 19-LCM-AM377-5
    Ships of the U.S. Navy in WWII “Dazzle” Camouflage
    Quail 125k
    Quail 65k Joe Radigan
    Quail 202k Port quarter view of Quail
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 72707
    Mike Green
    USS Quail (MSF 377)
    Quail 55k Photo by Ted Stone from the 1960/1961 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Charles Bulfinch, USNR5 March 1945 - 20 September 1945
    02LT Clifford Edward Hallock, Jr., USNR20 September 1945 - 10 November 1945
    03LT Richard Wallace Brown, Jr., USNR10 November 1945 - 12 February 1946
    04LT Howard Vincent Masquelier, USNR12 February 1946 - 1 June 1946
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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