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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Charlie - How

YMS-23 served the Navies of the United States and France.

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 23 July 1941 as YMS-23 by the Greenport Basin & Construction Co., Long Island, NY
  • Launched, 13 December 1941
  • Completed, 7 May 1942
  • Transferred to France 6 March 1944 as Perce Neige (D 201)
  • Sold to France, 21 March 1949
  • Struck from the Navy Register 28 April 1949
  • Reclassified as D-351, D-24 and M-664
  • Decommissioned 28 December 1963
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 270 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 8'
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 32
  • Armament: One 3"/50 gun mount, two 20mm, two dcp
  • Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    YMS-23 & 24 92k Moored outboard of YMS-24
    From the collection of YMS-24 crewmember Leo Azous
    Leo Azous' children: Milton Azous, Jacqueline Azous and Rhonda Azous

    There is no DANFS history available for YMS-23
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