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Call sign:
Nan - Peter - Love - William

YMS-305 served the Navies of the United States and Norway.

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 18 July 1942 by the Rice Brothers Corp., East Boothbay, ME
  • Launched 30 September 1943
  • Completed 17 November 1943 and commissioned USS YMS-305
  • Participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944, continued serving in France until May 1945
  • Damaged by shore battery 9 June 1944 off Normandy
  • Decommissioned in May 1945
  • Transferred to Norway 18 May 1945, reclassified NYMS-305 and later named Gaula (M 318)
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission 7 June 1948 and sold to Norway
  • Struck from the Naval Register 12 August 1948
  • 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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    YMS-305/380/406 149k YMS-305, YMS-406 and YMS-380 in a French port sometime after D-Day George Meier

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