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Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - King - Oboe

YMS-196 served the Navies of the United States and the Philippines.

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 6 April 1942 by Hiltebrant Dock Co., Kingston, NY
  • Launched, 14 August 1942
  • Completed and commissioned USS YMS-196, 14 April 1943
  • Decommissioned in May 1946 and transferred to the Philippines
  • Struck from the Navy Register 19 June 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in April 1947
  • YMS-196 was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation for minesweeping at Balikpapan, Borneo
  • 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
    YMS-196 91k Painting in dry dock. Arthur R. Say
    YMS-196 103k
    YMS-196 35k Sweeping
    YMS-196 141k Starboard side looking forward
    YMS-196 127k Starboard side looking aft
    YMS-196 158k Looking aft from the signal bridge

    View the YMS-196 Crew Photos

    Read the History of the YMS-196
    and the 1945/1946 Muster Roll of Enlisted Crew Members
    There is no DANFS history currently available for YMS-196.
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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