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Brant (MSC[O] 43)
ex-Brant (AMS 43)

Call sign:
November - Alpha - Victor - Hotel

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • The second Brant was laid down 4 June 1941 by San Diego Marine Construction Co., San Diego, CA
  • Launched 13 February 1942
  • Commissioned USS YMS-113, 12 June 1942
  • Completed 12 August 1942
  • Decommissioned 7 August 1946
  • Placed in service 1 December 1946 and assigned as a Naval Reserve training vessel in the 9th Naval District (Great Lakes)
  • Reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper, AMS-43 and named Brant, 1 September 1947
  • Placed out of service 10 February 1950 at Orange, TX
  • Recommissioned 12 February 1951
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC(O)-43, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 23 October 1955 and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs, FL group
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 November 1959
  • 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 projectiles
  • 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
    USS YMS-113
    YMS-113 113k c. 1945
    San Francisco Bay
    Courtesy of Donald McPherson, 1976
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 84967
    Mike Green
    USS Brant (AMS 43)
    Brant 110k Namesake: Brant is a small wild goose of Europe and eastern North America Tommy Trampp
    Photos added 17 February 2020
    YMS-113 75k Outboard of an unidentified AMS Bob Thomasson

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Alfred Lee, IV, USNR12 June 1942
    02LTJG Robert L. Keedick, USNR2 September 1943 - May 1944
    03LTJG Carl A. Bowman, USNRMay 1944 - March 1945
    04LTJG William Wayne Davis, USNRMarch 1945 - June 1945
    05LT Nathaneal August Lemke, USNRJune 1945 - 14 October 1945
    06LTJG John David Sweeney, Jr., USNR14 October 1945 - 27 January 1946
    07LTJG Paul Edward Morrow, USNR27 January 1946 - 11 March 1946
    08ENS Robert Allen Keith, USNR11 March 1946 - 7 August 1946
    09LT Edward Allen Brown, USNR12 February 1951 - January 1952
    10LT Malcomb Boyd Arthur, II, USN - USNA Class of 1946January 1952 - 1953
    11LTJG Alfred Morine Pride, USN - USNA Class of 1950May 1954 - 23 October 1955
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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