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Kingbird (MSC 194)

Falcon Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 26 February 1954 as AMS-194 by the Quincy Adams Yacht Yard, Inc., Quincy, MA
  • Launched 21 May 1954
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-194 and named Kingbird, 7 February 1955
  • Commissioned USS Kingbird (MSC 194), 27 April 1955
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 July 1972
  • Disposed of through the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for scrap 1 March 1973.


  • Displacement 290 t.
  • Length 144'
  • Beam 28'
  • Draft 9'
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement 39
  • Armament: Two 20mm mounts
  • Propulsion: 600shp Packard diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Kingbird 37k

    Kingbird - Any of several American tyrant flycatchers

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 26 December 2021
    Kingbird 105k Joe Radigan
    Kingbird 70k Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Robert Earl Adler, USN27 April 1955 - June 1956
    02LT Peter Sarsfield Corr, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1958May 1962 - January 1964
    03LT Freddie Lewis Boswell, Jr., USN1964 - 1965
    04LT Edward Eugene Alexander, Jr., USN1965
    05LT Michael Scott Fry, USNJanuary 1967 - 10 October 1968
    06LT David John Barram, USN10 October 1968 - 1969
    07LT Joseph Stover Donnell, III, USN - Awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal
    Retired as Vice Admiral
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Bill Gonyo and Joe Radigan

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