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Ostrich (MSC[O] 29)
ex-AMS-29
ex-YMS-430



Call sign:
November - Quebec - Papa - Quebec

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 10 November 1943 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.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 290 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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    Ostrich 108k 1 June 1955
    Off Newport, RI.
    Atlantic Fleet Sales.
    Photo by Nobe Smith

    Commanding Officers
    01LT R. C. Bates, USNR10 October 1944
    02LT Charles Eugene Little, USNMarch 1947 - October 1948
    03LTJG George Franklin Tolson, Jr., USN1950 - September 1951
    01LT R. C. Pennington, USNSeptember 1951 - 1953
    02LT Richard Nicholson, USN1953 - 1954
    03LT John Francis Stader, USN1954 - 1956
    03LT John Louis Kline, Jr., USN1956
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

    View the Ostrich (AMS-29)
    DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association Association of Minemen

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