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Call sign: November - Bravo - Juliet - Sierra

YMS-26 served the Navies of the United States and France.

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 15 December 1941 as YMS-26 by the Greenport Basin and Construction Co., Long Island, NY
  • Launched 28 February 1942
  • Completed 16 June 1942
  • Transferred to France 10 March 1944 and named Pimpernelle (D 211)
  • Sold to France 21 March 1949
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 April 1949
  • Reclassified D-352 in 1947, then D-09 in August 1948 and M-649 in 1951
  • Reclassified Q-320
  • Decommissioned 12 June 1962 and struck from the French Navy list
  • Scrapped.


  • 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 and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    USS YMS-26
    YMS-26 63k Village of Greenport website
    Pimpernelle (D-211)
    YMS-26 158k Pimpernelle drops a depth charge astern to simulate a mine explosion, during training operations, 14 April 1944. This ship is still wearing her U.S. Navy bow markings, as well as her New French Pennant number
    National Archives photo 80-G-K-1689
    Mike Green
    Photo added 3 April 2019

    There is no DANFS history available for YMS-26
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