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Kite (MSC[O] 22)
ex-AMS-22
ex-YMS-374



Call sign:
Nan - Dog - Dog - Able


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

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down, 31 January 1943 by the Weaver Shipyards, Orange, TX
  • Launched, 17 February 1944
  • Completed and commissioned USS YMS-374, 31 May 1944
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as February 1947
  • Reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper, AMS-22, named Kite, decommissioned 18 February 1947 at San Diego, CA and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned 9 May 1949
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC(O)-22, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 6 January 1956 at Chinhae, South Korea
  • Transferred to the Republic of Korea and renamed Kim Po (MSC 520)
  • Fate unknown.

    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 gun mounts and two depth charge projectors
    1955 - One 40mm 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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    Size Image Description Source
    USS YMS-374
    YMS-374 26k 7 June 1944
    Weaver Shipyards, Orange, TX
    Courtesy of Dr. Howard C. Williams
    Texana and Orange County Historian
    Curry Garvin
    YMS-374 73k c. 1945-46, San Francisco Bay, seen as YMS-374
    U. S. Navy Photo NH 84984
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Kite (AMS 22)
    Defense 73k 8 October 1952.
    Laertes (AR-20) at Sasebo, Japan, with nine minesweepers and a harbor tug alongside. Ships nested left to right are: Impeccable (AM-320); Gladiator
    (AM-319); Shoveler (AM-382); Defense (AM-317); Devastator (AM-318);
    Laertes; Condor (AMS-5); Kite;Curlew (AMS-8); Chatterer (AMS-40) and Wallacut (YTB-420).
    National Archives photo 80-G-632291
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Kite (MSC[O] 22)
    Kite 199k c. 1955
    Sasebo Harbor, Sasebo, Japan
    Stan Cochran
    Engineering Officer, USS Kite (1955-56)
    LST-735 Dukes County 86k c. October 1955
    Sasebo, Japan
    Kite alongside Dukes County (LST 735)
    Kite 198k c. November 1955
    Sasebo, Japan
    Kite 131k c. December 1955
    Sasebo Harbor, Sasebo, Japan
    Just prior to her turnover to the ROK Navy.
    Curlew 115k c. December 1955
    Sasebo, Japan
    Kite, Curlew (MSC(O) 8) and Mockingbird (MSC(O) 27), just before parting for Korea and handover to the ROKN
    Kite 61k c. January 1956
    Chinhae, Korea
    LT Kim, ROKN, prospective commanding officer of Kim Po (MSC[O] 520) and LT Donald B. Meek, USN, the last U.S. skipper of USS Kite (MSC[O] 22).
    Kite 279k c. January 1956
    Starboard bow view of bridge area showing the ships World War II and Korean War ribbons and total number of mines swept during her active duty
    Kite 146k c. January 1956
    Port side view of bridge area showing the ships World War II and Korean War ribbons and total number of mines swept during her active duty
    Kim Po (MSC[O] 520)
    Kite 91k Kim Po (MSC[O] 520)
    U.S. Navy photo
    .
    Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Robert A. Harris, USN31 May 1944
    02LT Nicholas Grkovic, USN9 May 1949
    03LT Donald Lees Hadaway, USN1950 - January 1952
    04LT Robert G. Zimmerman, USNJanuary 1952 - December 1952
    05LT W. R. Steers, USNDecember 1952
    06LCDR Charles Leroy Mull, II, USN1954 - 1955
    07LTJG Donald Bagnall "Red" Meek, USN - USNA Class of 19501955 - 6 January 1956
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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