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Crossbill (MSC[O] 45)

Call sign:
November - Bravo - Foxtrot - Yankee

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • The second Crossbill was laid down 23 August 1941 by the Harbor Boat Building Co., Terminal Island, CA
  • Launched 4 April 1942
  • Completed 1 August 1942 and commissioned USS YMS-120
  • Reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper, AMS-45, named Crossbill, 1 September 1947 and placed in service as a Naval Reserve training ship in the 4th Naval District (Philadelphia)
  • Reclassified as a Minesweeper Coastal (Old), MSC(O)-45, 7 February 1955
  • 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 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
    USS YMS-120
    YMS-120 126k c. 1945
    San Francisco Bay, CA
    Courtesy of Donald McPherson, 1976
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 84969
    Mike Green
    Crossbill 148k

    A crossbill is a finch whose curved mandibles cross each other

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 10 December 2021

    Commanding Officers
    01Chief Boatswain John I. Howton, USN1950 - September 1951
    02LT Thomas W. Brown, USNSeptember 1951 - June 1952
    03LT William James Diffley, USNRJune 1952
    04LT Arthur Coday, USN
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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    DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway website
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