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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive

Courtesy of Al Grazevich

Courtesy of Mike Smolinski

Phoebe (MSC 199)
ex-Phoebe (AMS 199)

Call sign:
November - Charlie - Kilo - Delta

Falcon Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • The second Phoebe was laid down 26 February 1953 as AMS-199 by the Harbor Boat Building Co., Terminal Island, CA
  • Launched 21 August 1954
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper MSC-199, 7 February 1955
  • Commissioned USS Phoebe (MSC 199), 29 April 1955
  • Decommissioned 14 December 1970 and placed in service as a Reserve training vessel
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 July 1975
  • Disposed of 1 September 1976 through the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for scrap.


  • 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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    Phoebe 46k

    Phoebe - A small migratory bird of the flycatcher family native to North America
    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 29 December 2021
    Phoebe 135k Jim Brittan
    Phoebe 36k c. October 1970
    Departing Sasebo, Japan en route to the States
    Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.

    Commanding Officers
    01LT George Doughty Ferguson, III, USN - USNA Class of 195029 April 1955 - 18 February 1958
    02LT John C. Williams, USN18 February 1958 - 13 June 1959
    03LCDR Earl Edward Schultz, USN13 June 1959 - 10 February 1961
    04LT Thomas Lee Freeman, USN10 February 1961 - 19 June 1963
    05LT Robyn Moore Campbell, Jr., USN19 June 1963 - 1 May 1965
    06LCDR George Edward (Ed) Fullerton, Jr., USN1 May 1965 - 28 September 1967
    07LT Raymond Johnson, USN28 September 1967 - 16 December 1969
    08LT Edmund Powell A. Wilson, USN16 December 1969 - 14 December 1970
    09LT Arne Maurice Peterson, USN14 December 1970 - 2 March 1971
    10LTJG Paul L. Gabbert, USN2 March 1971
    11LT Nolan Robert Burke, USN1973
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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