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Toucan (MSF 387)
ex-AM-387



Call sign:
November - India - Golf - Echo


Toucan served the Navies of the United States and the Republic of China

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 16 February 1944 by the American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, OH
  • Launched 15 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS Toucan (AM-387), 25 November 1944
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as December 1945
  • Placed out of commission, in reserve, 1 July 1946 at San Diego, CA
  • Recommissioned 27 October 1950
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-387, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 1 May 1957 and assigned to the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet 27 May 1964 for conversion
  • Transferred to the Republic of China 22 December 1964 and renamed Chien Men (PCE 45)
  • Sunk by boats from mainland China 6 August 1965.

    Specifications:

  • 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 Toucan (AM 387)
    Toucan 52k . Historical Collection of the Great Lakes
    Toucan 110k 24 November 1944
    At fitting out pier, Cleveland, Ohio.
    DANFS
    Toucan 22k c. February 1945
    U.S. Navy photo
    Hyperwar U.S. Navy in WWII
    Chien Men (PCE 45)
    PCE-45 35k . P. Han

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Stephen Henry Squibb, USNR25 November 1944
    07LCDR Alfred George Russillo, USN1951 - August 1952
    08LT Douglas John Jackson, USNAugust 1952
    09LCDR Raymond Leonard Johnson, USN.
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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