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Redstart (MSF 378)

Call sign:
November - India - Charlie - Hotel

Redstart served the Navies of the United States and Taiwan

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 14 June 1944 by the Savannah Machine and Foundry Co., Savannah, GA
  • Launched 18 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS Redstart (AM 378), 4 April 1945
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as December 1945
  • Decommissioned 26 November 1946 at Long Beach, CA
  • Recommissioned 1 December 1950
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-378, 1 March 1955
  • Decommissioned 15 March 1957 at Astoria, OR
  • Transferred to Taiwan 25 July 1963 and renamed Wu Sheng (PCE 66)
  • Reclassified PCE-866
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 April 1965
  • Decommissioned in Taiwanese Navy 16 February 1998
  • Struck from the Taiwanese Naval Register 26 February 1998
  • 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 40mm gun mounts, six 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 Redstart (AM 378)
    Redstart 33k Namesake: Redstart - A small European singing bird related to the Redbreast Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 4 June 2020
    Redstart 143k U.S. Navy photo Joe Radigan
    Wu Sheng (PCE 866)
    Wu Sheng 51k

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR George Walter Phillips, USNR4 April 1945
    02LT Carl Weston Coe, USN1951 - 1952
    03LT James McNett Blackeman, USN1952 - 1953
    04LT Robert Peyton Foreman, USN - USNA Class of 1944June 1953 - May 1955
    05LCDR James Henry Doyle, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1947
    Awarded two Navy Distinguished Service Medals, two Legion of Merits and the Bronze Star - Retired as Vice Admiral
    May 1955 - 1956
    06LCDR Stephen Herman Hackett, USN1957 - 15 March 1957
    07LCDR Louis Leonard Meier, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1942
    Awarded the Legion of Merit (1967) - Retired as Captain
    15 March 1957
    08LT Ervin Eugene White, USN1961
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, R. A. Moody and Joe Radigan

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