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Scoter (MSF 381)

Call sign:
November - India - Delta - Echo

Scoter served the Navies of the United States and Mexico

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 4 April 1944 by the Gulf Shipbuilding Co., Chickasaw, AL
  • Launched 26 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS Scoter (AM 381), 17 March 1945
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as December 1945
  • Decommissioned 16 April 1947 at San Diego, CA
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-381, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 December 1966
  • Sold to Mexico 19 September 1962 and renamed ARM Xicotencatl (PO 115)
  • 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 Scoter (AM 381)
    Scoter 84k 13 April 1945 Robert Hurst
    ARM Xicotencatl (PO 115)
    Scoter 85k Mexican Navy photo Mexican Navy

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR George W. E. Lundgren, USN17 March 1945 - 18 April 1945
    02LT Robert William Sheraw, USNR18 April 1945 - 21 October 1945
    03LCDR John James Heffernan, USNR21 October 1945 - 7 January 1946
    04LCDR Archie Carlyn Kuntze, USN - USNA Class of 1943
    Awarded the Legion of Merit with Combat V (1953)
    7 January 1946 - 10 January 1947
    05LT Joseph Charles Rock, USN10 January 1947 - 16 April 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, R. A. Moody and Joe Radigan

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