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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive

Courtesy of Al Grazevich

Contributed by Mike Smolinski

Jacana (MSC 193)

Jacana served the Navies of the United States and Indonesia.

Falcon Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 26 February 1954 as AMS-193 by the Quincy Adams Yacht Yard, Quincy, Masschusetts
  • Redesignated as a Coastal Minesweeper MSC-193, 7 February 1955
  • Launched 25 February 1955
  • Commissioned USS Jacana (MSC-193), 10 March 1955
  • Transferred to Indonesia in 1971 and renamed Pulau Aruan (M 718)
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 May 1976
  • Sold 1 September 1976.
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 362 t.
  • Length 144' 3"
  • Beam 27' 2"
  • Draft 12'
  • Speed 13.6 kts.
  • Complement 39
  • Armament: Two .50 cal. machine guns and one 81mm mortar
  • Propulsion: Two 600shp Packard diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Jacana 142k 23 July 1964
    Hampton Roads, VA
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Jacana 231k Hampton Roads, Virginia, 23 July 1964
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 69860
    Mike Green
    Jacana 141k c. August 1964
    Little Creek, VA
    Richard Leonhardt

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Watt William Jordan, Jr., USN10 March 1955 - 1956
    02LT Charles Arthur Taylor, Jr., USN1956 - 1958
    03LT Linus Ben Wensman, USN1958 - February 1960
    04LT Donald Eugene Knepper, USNFebruary 1960 - 28 June 1961
    05LT Paul Ishan Bledsoe, USN28 June 1961 - 1 March 1963
    06LT Robert Leroy Cox, USN1 March 1963 - 9 December 1964
    07LCDR Charles Doyne Sillery, USN9 December 1964 - 23 January 1967
    08LT Niles Walter Berry, USN23 January 1967 - 26 September 1968
    09LT Emidio Joseph Merlino, USN (Officer-in-charge)26 September 1968
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    View the Jacana (MSC-193)
    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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