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Spoonbill (MSC 202)
ex-AMS-202


Spoonbill served the Navies of the United States and Spain.



Duero call sign:
Echo - Bravo - Juliet - Bravo

Bluebird Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 2 November 1953 as AMS-202 by the Tampa Marine Co., Tampa, FL
  • Launched 3 August 1954
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-202, 7 February 1955
  • Commissioned USS Spoonbill (MSC 202), 14 June 1955
  • Decommissioned 16 June 1959, struck from the Navy Register, transferred to Spain and renamed Duero (M 28)
  • Reclassified M-23 in 1980
  • Struck from the Spanish Navy List 16 December 1999
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 335 t.
  • Length 144'
  • Beam 28'
  • Draft 8' 4"
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 39
  • Armament: Two 20mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Duero (M 28)
    Duero 137k c. 1960
    Photo from "Conway's All The World's Fighting Ships 1947 - 1995," Conway Maritime Press
    Robert Hurst
    Duero (M 23)
    Duero 42k 27 April 1986 Fabio Peña
    Duero 76k 30 August 1988
    Mahón, Balearic Islands, Menorca, Spain
    Ignacio López
    Duero 109k 6 December 1988
    Alongside Ebro (M 22) ex-M-26, ex-U.S. MSC-269. Both are at "dress ship" for Spanish Constitution Day
    Fabio Peña

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Arthur Peter Ismay, USN - USNA Class of 1951
    Retired as Captain
    14 June 1955 - 17 December 1955
    02LTJG Robert Ellis Mann, USN17 December 1955 - 14 November 1957
    03LTJG William George McKeown, Jr., USN14 November 1957 - 12 December 1958
    04LTJG John Watson, USN12 December 1958 - 16 June 1959
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

    View the Spoonbill (AMS 202)
    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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