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Contributed by Mike Smolinski

Hummingbird (MSC 192)
ex-AMS-192


Humming Bird served the Navies of the United States and Indonesia.

Bluebird Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 24 October 1953 as AMS-192 by the Quincy Adams Yacht Yard, Inc., Quincy, MA
  • Launched 25 December 1954
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-192, 7 February 1955
  • Commissioned USS Hummingbird (MSC 192), 9 February 1955
  • Transferred to Indonesia in 1971 and renamed Pulau Impalasa (M 720)
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 May 1976
  • Returned to U.S. custody and disposed of through the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service
  • Scrapped 1 September 1976.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 362 t.
  • Length 144' 3"
  • Beam 27' 2"
  • Draft 12'
  • Speed 13.6 kts.
  • Complement 40
  • Armament: One twin 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: 600shp Packard diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    AMS-201/200/192/191/190 157k Shrike (MSC 201), Redwing (MSC 200), Hummingbird, Frigate Bird (MSC 191), and Falcon (MSC 190) at Charleston, SC
    U.S. Navy photo from the June 1956 edition of All Hands magazine
    Joe Radigan
    MSC-190/192/201 144k MSCs Falcon (MSC 190), Hummingbird 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 edition of All Hands magazine

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Walter Jenkins Whitley, USN9 February 1955 - 24 January 1956
    02LT Wayne Philo Hughes, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1952
    Retired as Captain
    24 January 1956 - 20 June 1957
    03LT David Rees Sanks, III, USN20 June 1957 - June 1958
    04LCDR Walter J. Coakley, Jr., USNJune 1958 - January 1960
    05LCDR William Elwell Vollmer, Jr., USNJanuary 1960 - 8 June 1961
    06LCDR Robert Lee Grimmell, USN8 June 1961 - 1 August 1963
    07LCDR George Eugene O'Brien, USN1 August 1963 - 1 July 1965
    08LCDR James Ray Darwin, USN1 July 1965 - 2 March 1967
    09LCDR Donald James Capie, USN2 March 1967 - 26 September 1968
    10LT W. T. Harrod, USN26 September 1968 - 19 October 1968
    11LT R. E. Laguerre, USN19 October 1968
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Walt Coakley and Joe Radigan

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    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
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    Association of Minemen
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