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Waxwing (MSF-389)

Call sign:
November - India - Golf - Papa

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

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 24 May 1944 by the American Shipbuilding Co., Lorian, OH
  • Launched 10 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS Waxwing (AM-389), 16 August 1945
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as December 1946
  • Decommissioned 12 May 1947 at San Francisco, CA and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned 19 March 1952 at San Diego, CA
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-389, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 1 May 1957 at Astoria, Oregon
  • Transferred to Taiwan 14 October 1965 and renamed Chu Yang (PCE-67)
  • Reclassified PCE-867
  • Decommissioned from Taiwanese Navy and struck from the Naval Register 16 February 1998
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 890 t.
  • Length 221' 1"
  • Beam 32' 2"
  • Draft 10' 9"
  • Speed 18.1 kts.
  • Complement 105
  • 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 Waxwing (AM 389)
    Waxwing 39k Namesake: Waxwing - Any of several American and Asiatic songbirds which are for the most part brown and are characterized by predominant crests and
    velvety plumage
    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 23 March 2020
    Waxwing 46k U.S. Navy photo Hyper U.S. Navy in World War II
    Waxwing 57k Joe Radigan
    Waxwing 108k Robert Hurst
    Chu Yang (PCE 867)
    Waxwing 57k P. Han

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR John Francis Rowe, USNR6 August 1945
    02LT Allen James Graham, USNR28 November 1945 - 12 May 1947
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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