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Lorikeet (MSC[O] 49)

Call sign:
November - Foxtrot - Quebec - Golf

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 3 July 1942 by the Bellingham Marine Railway and Boatbuilding Co., Bellingham, WA
  • Launched 17 October 1942
  • Completed and commissioned USS YMS-271, 21 April 1943
  • Decommissioned 19 July 1946 at Boston, MA
  • Placed in service 1 September 1947 as a Naval Reserve training ship in the 1st Naval District (Boston), reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper and named Lorikeet (AMS 49)
  • Recommissioned 17 March 1950
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC(O)-49, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 18 September 1957
  • Placed in service 30 October 1959
  • Placed out of service 3 September 1968. From 1 July 1964 to 3 September 1968, Lorikeet served as flagship for Commander, Naval Reserve Mine Division 31 and was based at Perth Amboy, N.J. She was relieved as flagship
    and Naval Reserve training ship by Meadowlark (MSC 196), not by Limpkin (MSC 195) as stated in her Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships entry
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 October 1968 and scrapped.


  • Displacement 215 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 8'
  • Speed 13 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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    USS YMS-271
    YMS-271/94/183 69k YMS-271, YMS-94, and YMS-183 alongside an unidentified tender. Jim Matley
    YMS-271 52k 22 June 1946
    Naval Air Station Colon, Panama Canal.
    Richard W. Friedrich, F/1c, LSM-467
    USS Lorikeet (MSC[O] 49)
    Bluebird 95k USN Minecraft Base, Charleston, SC. View of Pier Baker from Ashley River showing crowded mooring condition at pier.
    U.S. Navy photo
    Robert Hall

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Charles E. Scherneck, USN21 April 1943
    02LTJG William J. O'Brien, USN17 March 1950 - December 1950
    03LTJG Thomas Frank Gerecke, USNDecember 1950 - December 1951
    04LT William Haley Rogers, USN - Retired as Rear AdmiralDecember 1951 - August 1952
    05LTJG Robert L. Scott, USNAugust 1952 - 1953
    06LT Orlie Gordon Baird, USN1956
    07LCDR Alvin Masterson, Jr., USN1962 - 1965 (OIC)
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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    DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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