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Call sign:
Nan - Uncle - Jig - How

YMS-83 served the Navies of the United States, France and South Vietnam.

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 24 October 1941 at the Stadium Yacht Basin, Cleveland, OH
  • Launched 27 June 1942
  • Completed 30 August 1942
  • Commissioned USS YMS-83
  • Transferred to France 20 October 1944 and named Digitale (D 326)
  • Sold to France 21 March 1949
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 April 1949
  • Reclassified D-15 and M-655
  • Sold to Vietnam 11 February 1954 and renamed RVNS Chuong Duong (HQ 112)
  • Scrapped in 1964.


  • 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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    Size Image Description Source
    YMS-83 35k Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    USS YMS-83
    YMS-83 115k Tom Turk
    Digitale (M-655)
    YMS-83 104k 11 February 1954
    Haiphong, Vietnam
    Inboard of Belladone (M 658), ex-YMS-78 preparing to lower her colors before turnover to South Vietnamese Navy
    Photo by Yves Chaput
    Georges Demichelis
    RVNS Chuong Duong (HQ 112)
    YMS-83 86k 11 February 1954
    Haiphong, Vietnam
    Raising the South Vietnamese flag after turnover from France
    Photo by Yves Chaput
    Georges Demichelis

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