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Curlew (MSC[O] 8)
ex-AMS-8
ex-YMS-218



Call sign:
November - Charlie - Golf - Uniform


Curlew served the Navies of the United States and the Republic of Korea.

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 18 July 1942 by the J. N. Martinac Ship Building Co., Tacoma, Washington
  • Launched 23 December 1942
  • Completed and commissioned USS YMS-218, 23 June 1943
  • She served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II, and took part in occupation activities in late 1945 and early 1946
  • Decommissioned in February 1947 at San Diego, CA
  • Reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper, AMS-8 and named Curlew, 18 February 1947
  • Recommissioned in June 1949 and sent to the Western Pacific a year later to support Korean War operations
  • During most of that conflict, she was active in the combat zone, performing mine clearance and blockade missions
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC(O)-8, 7 February 1955
  • Transferred to South Korea 6 January 1956 and renamed Kum Hwa (MSCO 519)
  • Struck from the Naval Register 15 November 1974
  • Discarded about 1977.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 270 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 8'
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 32
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 20mm mounts, and two depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    USS Curlew (AMS 8)
    Curlew 77k c. 1952 Robert Hurst
    Defense 73k 8 October 1952.
    Laertes (AR-20) at Sasebo, Japan with nine minesweepers and a harbor tug alongside. Ships nested to starboard of Laertes are (from left): Impeccable (AM-320); Gladiator
    (AM-319); Shoveler (AM-382); Defense (AM-317),
    and Devastator (AM-318). Those nested to port are (from left): Condor (AMS-5); Kite (AMS-22); Curlew; Chatterer (AMS-40), and Wallacut (YTB-420)
    National Archives photo 80-G-63229
    Naval Historical Center
    AMS-8 75k c. 1953
    Curlew, Mockingbird (AMS 27), Heron (AMS 18), and Gull (AMS 16) nested at Sasebo, Japan.
    Wayne Schafer
    AMS-8 69k c. 1953
    Approaching Heron to port.
    AMS-8 46k c. 1953
    Alongside Heron.
    Heron 134k Officers of the Heron and Curlew at the South Korean Naval Base at Chinhae, 27 July 1953. The occasion was a courtesy visit by the Heron and the Curlew. The date was significant because it was the date of the signing of the armistice agreement at Panmunjom ending the Korean War. The South Koreans present were not pleased that the conflict was ending without a definitive result.
    Heron 129k Chinhae, 27 July 1953.
    Heron 128k
    Curlew 116k U.S. Navy photo from the February 1955 edition of All Hands magazine Joe Radigan
    USS Curlew (MSC[O] 8)
    Curlew 115k December 1955
    Sasebo, Japan
    Kite (MSC(O) 22), Curlew and Mockingbird (MSC(O) 27), just before parting for Korea and handover to the ROKN.
    Stan Cochran, LTJG Engineer Officer USS Kite (1955-1956)

    Commanding Officers
    01LT George Sargent Grove, USNNovember 1949 - August 1951
    02LTJG Robert Orr Snure, USNAugust 1951 - August 1952
    03LT Isaac William Metzger, USNAugust 1951
    04LT John Anson McCook, USN1953
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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    Association of Minemen
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