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Ostrich (MSC[O] 29)
ex-Ostrich (AMS 29)

Call sign:
November - Quebec - Papa - Quebec

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • The third Ostrich was laid down 10 November 1943 as YMS-430 at the Tacoma Boat Building Co., Tacoma, WA
  • Launched 23 March 1944
  • Completed and commissioned USS YMS-430, 10 October 1944
  • Immobilized and placed in reduced commission 3 July 1946 due to a lack of personnel
  • Placed in full commission 10 December 1946
  • Reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper and named USS Ostrich (AMS 29), 18 February 1947
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC(O)-29, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned in January 1958 at Green Cove Springs, FL
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 November 1959
  • Sold for scrap in 1960.


  • Displacement 270 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 6'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 50
  • 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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    Size Image Description Source
    Ostrich 76k

    Ostrich - A swift-footed two-toed flightless ratite bird with valuable wing and tail plumes that is the largest of existing birds and weighs 300 pounds
    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 27 December 2021
    Ostrich 263k U.S. Navy photo NH 89232 Naval History and Heritage Command
    Ostrich 108k 1 June 1955
    Off Newport, RI
    Atlantic Fleet Sales
    Photo by Nobe Smith

    Commanding Officers
    01LT R. G. Bates, USNR10 October 1944 - 1945
    02LT Charles Eugene Little, USNMarch 1947 - October 1948
    03LTJG George Franklin Tolson, Jr., USN1950 - September 1951
    04LT Ross Clay Pennington, USNSeptember 1951 - 1953
    05LT Richard Nicholson, USN1953 - 1954
    06LT John Francis Stader, USN - USNA Class of 19511954 - 1956
    07LT John Louis Kline, Jr., USN1956
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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