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Wheatear (MSF 390)

Call sign:
November - India - Hotel - Echo

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 29 May 1944 by the American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, OH
  • Launched 21 April 1945
  • Commissioned USS Wheatear (AM 390), 3 October 1945
  • Decommissioned 17 November 1954 at Orange, TX
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-390, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval 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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    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR George Madison Estep, USNR3 October 1945
    02LCDR Rodney Wallace Wilson, USN - USNA Class of 19441950
    03LCDR Ernest Calhoun Hipp, Jr., USN1952
    04LT Martin "M" Zenni, USN - USNA Class of 19461954 - 17 November 1954
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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