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Call sign:
Nan - Able - George - Able

YMS-3 served the Navies of the United States and France

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Mine Sweeper

  • Laid down 18 March 1941 as YMS-3 by Henry B. Nevins Inc., City Island, NY
  • Launched 13 April 1942
  • Completed 25 April 1942
  • Participated in the Anzio-Nettuno (Italy) operation, 22 January 1944 - 4 March 1944 as a member of Task Force 81.7 (Sweeper Group)
  • Transferred to France 2 October 1944 and named Heliotrope (D 334)
  • Sold to France 21 March 1949
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 April 1949
  • Reclassified D-22 and M-662
  • Decommissioned 4 December 1965
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 270 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 8'
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 32
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 20mm mounts, and two depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    YMS-3 159k Photo from the collection of GM1/c Frank Joseph Kelly, USNR Katie Dillard Schwend via Sean J. Rogers
    YMS-3 314k Citation for awarding of the Navy and Marine Corps Medal to GM1/c Frank Joseph Kelly, USNR Sean J. Rogers
    YMS-3 833k Newspaper clipping concerning award

    There is no DANFS history available for YMS-3
    Additional Resources and Websites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association Association of Minemen

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