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Bittern (MSC 69)
ex-AMS-69


Bittern was built for France.

Adjutant Class Motor Minesweeper: Laid down in 1952 as Bittern (AMS 69) by Frank L. Samples, Jr., Inc., Boothbay Harbor, ME; Launched 15 February 1952; Completed 11 March 1953 and transferred to France as Acacia (M 638); Commissioned 14 June 1953; Reclassified by U. S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-69, 7 February 1955; Decommissioned in December 1983. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 405 t.; Length 144'; Beam 27'; Draft 9'; Speed 14 kts; Complement 40; Armament two 20mm; Propulsion two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.


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MSC-69 50k c. 1954
Acacia still wearing her U.S. Navy hull number
Robert Hurst

There is no DANFS History currently available for Bittern (MSC 69).
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Naval Minewarfare Association
Association of Minemen
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