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Courtesy of Al Grazevich

Falcon (MSC 190)

Falcon served the Navies of the United States and Indonesia

Falcon Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 7 May 1953 by the Quincy Adams Yacht Yard Inc., Quincy, MA
  • Launched 21 September 1953
  • Commissioned USS Falcon (AMS 190), 24 November 1954
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper MSC-190, 7 February 1955
  • Transferred to Indonesia in 1971 and renamed Pulau Aru (M 722)
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 May 1976
  • Disposed of through the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for scrap 1 September 1976.


  • Displacement 362 t.
  • Length 144' 3"
  • Beam 27' 2"
  • Draft 12'
  • Speed 13.6 kts.
  • Complement 40
  • Armament: One twin 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: Four 600shp Packard diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Falcon 52k Namesake: Falcon - A longwinged hawk Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 27 February 2020
    AMS-201/200/192/191/190 157k Shrike (MSC 201), Redwing (MSC 200), Humming Bird (MSC 192), Frigate Bird (MSC 191), and Falcon at Charleston, SC
    U.S. Navy photo from the June 1956 issue of All Hands magazine
    Joseph M. Radigan (of blessed memory)
    MSC-190/192/201 144k MSCs Falcon, Humming Bird (MSC 192) and Shrike (MSC 201) moored alongside MINRON 4 flagship, USS Pandemus
    (ARL 18). YO-129
    is outboard
    U.S. Navy photo from the February 1957 issue of All Hands magazine
    Thrush 158k Thrush (MSC 204), Falcon and Nespelen (AOG 55) are moored at Coco Solo, Canal Zone
    U.S. Navy photo from the June 1962 edition of All Hands magazine
    Bold 141k Original photo: Bold, Falcon (MSC 190), Turkey (MSC[O] 56), and Siskin (MSC[O] 58)
    U.S. Navy photo from the November 1965 edition of All Hands magazine
    Replacement photo: c. 1965
    Providence, RI
    U.S. Naval Reserve Mine Division 22
    Original photo: Joseph M. Radigan (of blessed memory)
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Milton John Schultz, Jr., USN - Retired as Rear Admiral24 November 1954 - 16 December 1955
    02LT Walter Theodore Kosmela, USN16 December 1955
    03LT Harry Thomas Ketzner, USN - USNA Class of 1953March 1959
    04LT Edward John Sottak, USNMarch 1959 - 26 June 1961
    05LCDR Virgil Boyd Melvin, USN26 June 1961 - 1962
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joseph M. Radigan (of blessed memory)

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