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Sprig (MSF 384)

Call sign:
November - India - Foxtrot - Hotel

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 15 February 1944 by the American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, OH
  • Launched 15 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS Sprig (AM 384), 4 April 1945
  • Decommissioned in June 1954 at Orange, TX
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull). MSF-384, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 July 1972
  • Sold for scrap 20 December 1973 to the Southern Scrap Material Co., Ltd. of New Orleans, LA.


  • 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 thrower (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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    Size Image Description Source
    Sprig 336k Photo courtesy of Cwaters32 Robert Hurst
    Sprig 81k 3 May 1945
    Sprig 81k Venice, Italy Mario A. Canevaro
    Sprig 211k c. 1951/1952
    Sprig 211k c. 1952
    Grand Harbor, Valetta, Malta
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Thomas Walter Cross, USNR4 April 1945 - 1946
    02LCDR Melvin James Carpenter, USN1946
    03LTJG Richard D. Warren, USN1949
    04LT William Calhoun Singletary, USNApril 1949 - January 1950
    05LCDR Robert Owen Mink, USNRJanuary 1950 - August 1951
    06LCDR Robert H. Fay, USN.
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R.A. Moody

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