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Albatross (MSC 289)


Albatross Class Coastal Minesweeper:

  • The sixth Albatross was laid down 26 February 1959 by Tacoma Boat Building Co., Inc., Tacoma, WA
  • Launched 26 March 1960
  • Sponsored by Mrs. S. A. Peters
  • Commissioned 20 April 1961
  • Decommissioned 1 April 1970 at Sasebo, Japan and struck from the Naval Register the same day
  • Sold for scrap in November 1970 to Kitajima Shokai Co., Ltd. of Sasebo, Japan.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 320 t.
  • Length 144'
  • Beam 28'
  • Draft 9'
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement 50
  • Armament: Two .50 cal. machine guns and one 81mm mortar
  • Propulsion: Four 6-cylinder Harnischfeger diesel engines, two shafts.
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    MSC-289
    Albatross 95k 26 March 1960
    The tug Drew Foss assists after launching
    Tacoma Boat Building Co., Inc.
    USS Albatross (MSC 289)
    Albatross 96k c. 1962 Original photo: Joe Radigan
    Replacement photo: Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.

    Commanding Officers
    01LT William Henry Green, USN20 April 1961 - 18 June 1962
    02LT Billy Dan Gearin, USN18 June 1962 - 14 January 1964
    03LT George Andrew Church, USN1963 - 1964
    04LT Samuel Arlon Tish, USN14 Januaty 1964 - 4 August 1965
    05LT Fletcher James Barnes, III, USN4 August 1965 - 29 January 1967
    06LT Edward Fiscus Cole, Jr., USN29 January 1967 - 24 February 1969
    07LT Stephen Ray Wilson, USN24 February 1969 - 1 April 1970
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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