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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive

Courtesy of Al Grazevich

Contributed by Mike Smolinski

Cove (MSI 1)

Cape Class Inshore Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 1 February 1957 by Bellingham Shipyard, Bellingham, WA
  • Launched 8 February 1958
  • Delivered 15 November 1958
  • Placed in service 20 November 1958
  • Placed out of service 3 July 1971
  • Scrapped 24 April 1984.


  • Displacement 120 t.
  • Length 112'
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 8'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 21
  • Armament: One .50 cal. machine gun
  • Propulsion: Four 250hp General Motors 6-71 diesel engines, reduction to one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Cove (MSI 1)
    Cove 128k . Tony Grier
    Cape/Cove 41k Cape (MSI 2) inboard of Cove USS Cape (MSI 2) Website
    Cove 85k . Robert Hurst
    Cove 103k c. 1959
    U.S. Navy photo from the 1959/1960 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Cove 103k c. January/February 1970
    Cove anchored at Beachers Bay, Santa Rosa Island, CA while waiting for a minesweep exercise to begin
    Photo by Larry Mortimer
    Larry Mortimer

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Hubert Michael Haller, USN1961
    02LT Anthony Chris Coulapides, USN8 October 1963 - August 1964
    03LTJG William Dean Jones, USN1965 - 25 April 1966
    04LTJG John H. Bartol, Jr., USN25 April 1966 - 1967
    05LT Davis, USN1966
    06LT Gaston L. Crawford, USN1967 - 31 May 1969
    07LTJG Larry James Mortimer, USNR31 May 1969 - 10 May 1970
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and William D. Jones

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    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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