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Flicker (MSC[O] 9)

Call sign:
November - Charlie - Hotel - Lima

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 23 October 1942 by the J. N. Martinac Shipbuilding Co. Tacoma, WA
  • Launched 23 January 1943
  • Commissioned USS YMS-219, 7 July 1943
  • Completed 20 July 1943 and assigned to the Pacific Fleet
  • Named Flicker and reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper, AMS-9, 17 February 1947
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as February 1947
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC(O)-9, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned in September/October 1953 at Naval Station Astoria, OR
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 January 1960
  • Sold in 1962 to the Aleutian Marine Transport Co. of Seattle, WA for use as a barge and renamed Bethel No. 1
  • Sold in 1967 to Aleutian King Crab, Inc. of Seattle
  • Out of documentation in 1984
  • 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-219)
    YMS-219 197k c. 1945
    San Francisco Bay, CA
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 81013
    Mike Green
    USS Flicker (AMS 9)
    Flicker 76k Namesake: Flicker - A woodpecker of eastern North America Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 8 April 2020
    YMS-219 282 Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 70386 Mike Green

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Maurice R. Winfield, USNR7 July 1943
    02LT P. E. Fertig, USNR1945
    03LTJG Wick Raymond Harlan, Jr., USN1 November 1950 - 19 July 1951
    04LTJG Herman Jackson Sanders, USN19 July 1951 - 25 July 1952
    05LT John Douglas Callaway, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 194725 July 1952
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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