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Peacock (MSC 198)
ex-AMS-198


Contributed by Mike Smolinski
Falcon Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 29 January 1953 as AMS-198 by the Harbor Boat Building Co., Terminal Island, CA
  • Launched 19 June 1954
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-198, 7 February 1955
  • Commissioned USS Peacock (MSC 198), 16 March 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 July 1975
  • Sold for scrap 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: Two 600shp Packard diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Peacock 65k . Charles Esper, ADCS(AW), USNR-R
    Crew member 1971/1973
    Peacock 98k . Joe Radigan
    Peacock 65k Epping Forest (LSD 4) "mothering" coastal minesweeper Peacock
    U.S. Navy photo from the July 1962 edition of All Hands magazine

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Don Edward Crawley, USN16 March 1955 - 1 October 1956
    02LT James W. Stinner, USN1 October 1956 - 6 June 1958
    03LT Jack William Davis, USN6 June 1958 - 1959
    05LT Nicholas (Nick) Brown, USN1959 - 19 January 1962
    06LT Edmund Betz Miller, USN19 January 1962 - May 1964
    07LT Douglas Karl Menikheim, USNMay 1964 - 9 October 1966
    08LT Ronald Francis Melampy, USN9 October 1966 - 10 October 1968
    09LCDR Michael Allen McDevitt, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral10 October 1968 - 1 March 1971
    10LT John W. Strassberger, USN1 March 1971
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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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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