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Hawk (MSC[O] 17)

Call sign:
November - Charlie - Mike - Whiskey

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 24 November 1942 by Robert Jacobs Inc., City Island, NY
  • Launched 22 May 1943
  • Completed 30 September 1943
  • Commissioned USS YMS-362, 4 October 1943
  • Present in Tokyo Bay during Japanese surrender ceremony in September 1945
  • Named Hawk and reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper, AMS-17, 17 February 1947
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC(O)-17, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Navy Register 17 October 1957 and sold
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 270 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 22' 9"
  • Draft 6' 3"
  • Speed 14.5 kts.
  • Complement 50
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose 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-362 1265k Underway off Iwo Jima during invasion operations there in February 1945. Photographed from USS Nevada (BB-36).
    National Archives photo 80-G-303838
    Original photo: Naval War College
    Replacement photo: Naval Historical Center
    Hawk (AMS 17)
    Peregrine 224k Right to left: Tutuila (ARG 4), Peregrine (AM 373), Fulmar (AMS 47), Hawk, Lapwing (AMS 48), and Cardinal (AMS 4).
    U.S. Navy photo from the August 1959 edition of All Hands magazine
    Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01LT J. W. Starbuck, Jr., USN4 October 1943
    02LT T. N. I. Davis, USNR1945
    03LT Harry S. Moore, USN1949 - June 1949
    04LTJG Warren Melvin Jones, USNJune 1949 - June 1951
    05LTJG Samuel Franklin McMurray, USNJune 1951 - May 1952
    06LT Franklin Peter Faughman, USNMay 1952
    ??LT Donald Tipton Cannell, USN - USNA Class of 1953
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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