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|USS Warbler (MSC 206)
|22k||Namesake: Warbler - A small, brightly colored songbird||Tommy Trampp
Photo added 22 March 2020
|169k||Moored between Widgeon (MSC 208) and an unidentified MSC||Anthony Mongi|
|62k||Moored inboard of Vireo (MSC 205)||Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.|
The ships of Mine Division 32. Warbler, Widgeon (MSC 208), Gannet (MSC 290), Whippoorwill (MSC 207) and Woodpecker (MSC 209)
|68k||24 May 1968
National Archives photo USN 1131997
|HMFS Kiro (MSC 206)
|91k||23 January 1986
Right to left, the Fijian navy ships Kiro, HMFS Kikau [MSC 204], ex-Woodpecker (MSC 209) and HMFS Kula [MSC 205],
ex-Vireo (MSC 205) at Suva Navy Base, on a very foggy morning.
|01||LT James Sidle Elfelt, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral||26 July 1955 - 6 October 1956|
|02||LT Harry Wayne Morgan, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1949||6 October 1956 - 20 December 1958|
|03||LT Charles Edward Rogers, Jr., USN||20 December 1958 - 1 November 1960|
|04||LT Richard Ray Tarbuck, USN||1 November 1960 - 11 January 1963|
|05||LT Ray Marvin Hawkins, USN||11 January 1963 - 27 January 1965|
|06||LT John Virgil Dirksen, USN||27 January 1965 - 21 October 1966|
|07||LT Stephen Kent Chadwick, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral||21 October 1966 - 23 April 1968|
|08||LT Vernon Bennett Paul, USN||23 April 1968 - 5 February 1970|
|09||LT Jerrold Jay Negin, USN - USNA Class of 1964||5 February 1970 - 1 October 1970|
|10||LT Jay Rutledge Mason, Jr., USN||1 October 1970 - 1971|
|11||LT John Mohr McIntosh, Jr., USN(Officer-in-Charge)||1971 - 22 March 1973|
|12||LT Charles Joseph Yash, USN - USNA Class of 1970||22 March 1973 - 30 June 1975|
|01||LCDR George Dennis Vaughan, USNR - U.S. Naval Reserve CO|
Retired as Rear Admiral
|1972 - 1 October 1973|
|02||LCDR Richard Earl Parks, USN/USNR - USNA Class of 1954|
U.S. Naval Reserve CO
|1 October 1973 - 30 June 1975|
Following shakedown Warbler reported to Commander, Mine Force, Pacific Fleet, and operated locally out of Long Beach for the next year. In August 1956, in company with Whippoorwill, the minesweeper set sail for the Far East, to assume duties as flagship for Mine Division 32. Home porting out of Sasebo, Japan, Warbler would remain in the Far East over the next 14 years, participating in numerous mine exercises with the navies of other friendly far eastern nations such as South Korea, Nationalist China, the Philippines, and the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force. Warbler conducted numerous tours of duty on "Market Time Patrol" from 1964-1970.
Departing Sasebo 17 August 1970, Warbler reached the west coast of the United States on 17 September, in company with Catskill (MCS 1), Vireo (MSC 205) and Widgeon (MSC 208). On 1 October 1970, Warbler was decommissioned. Simultaneously placed in service as a Naval Reserve Training (NRT) ship, homeported at Seattle, Wash., Warbler commenced her new duties soon thereafter. She trained reservists out of Seattle into the mid-1970's, and was placed on the sale list in July 1975. On 14 October 1975, she was transferred, via cash sale, to the government of Fiji, until decommissioned in 1991, and deleted in 1996.
Warbler (MSC 206) was awarded seven engagement stars for important services on "Market Time Patrol."
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