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Courtesy of Dick Gorby

Gannet (MSC 290)

Albatross Class Coastal Minesweeper:

  • The second Gannet was laid down 1 May 1959 by the Tacoma Boat Building Co., Tacoma, WA
  • Launched 26 May 1960
  • Commissioned 14 July 1961
  • Decommissioned in April 1970 at Sasebo, Japan and struck from the Naval Register
  • Sold in Japan and used as a fishing boat
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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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    Size Image Description Source
    Gannet (MSC 290)
    Gannet 36k 26 May 1960
    The tug Brynn Foss guides her after launching
    Tacoma Boat Building photo
    USS Gannet (MSC 290)
    Gannet 68k Dick Gorby via Tom Lawson
    Warbler 60k C. 1962
    The ships of Mine Division 32. Warbler (MSC 206), Widgeon (MSC 208), Gannet, Whippoorwill (MSC 207) and Woodpecker (MSC 209)
    Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Gannet 185k Off the coast of Yokosuka, Japan 2 December 1969
    National Archives photo USN 1142643
    Mike Green

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Elvin Lorraine Gaylor, USN - USNA Class of 195614 July 1961 - 15 June 1962
    02LT Clarence McRight, Jr., USN15 June 1962 - 16 July 1964
    03LT Peter Darby Abbott, USN16 July 1964 - 11 April 1965
    04LTJG Ray Edwin Swain, USN - (Acting)11 April 1965 - 30 April 1965
    05LT Jack Leroy Melton, USN30 April 1965 - 4 April 1967
    06LT Richard E. Black, USN4 April 1967 - 1969
    07LT Richard Frank Schuerger, USN1969 - 1 April 1970
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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