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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Uncle - Mike - How

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down, 26 June 1941 by Al Larson Boat Shop, Terminal Island, CA
  • Launched, 31 January 1942
  • Commissioned 12 May 1942
  • Station ship at Efate Island, New Hebrides
  • Visited Auckland, New Zealand four times between 6 October and 22 November 1944
  • Arrived at Okinawa 1 April 1945 and departed in June 1945
  • Decommissioned in April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register 17 April 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in March 1947 and sold to the Soviet Union for use as a fishing vessel
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 320 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 6' 1"
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement 33
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 20mm mounts, two depth charge tracks 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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    YMS-86 72k 12 May 1942 Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG J. W. Welty, USNR1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for YMS-86
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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