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Lark (MSC[O] 23)

Call sign:
November - Delta - Golf - Whiskey

Lark served the Navies of the United States and Japan

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • The second Lark was laid down 5 January 1943 by the Greenport Basin and Construction Co., Greenport, Long Island, NY
  • Launched 13 March 1943
  • Completed 9 August 1943
  • Commissioned as USS YMS-376, 10 August 1943 at New York City
  • Decommissioned 4 June 1946 at San Diego, CA
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as February 1947
  • Named Lark and reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper, AMS-23, 17 February 1947
  • Recommissioned 8 November 1950 at Alameda, CA
  • Decommissioned 13 November 1953 at Astoria, OR
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC(O)-23, 7 February 1955
  • Transferred to Japan, 14 February 1955 and renamed Ninoshima (MSC 262)
  • Struck from the Navy Register in 1967
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 270 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 25'
  • Draft 8'
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 32
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 20mm mounts, two depth charge tracks 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-376
    YMS-376 236k c. 1945/1946
    San Francisco Bay, CA
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974
    Naval history and Heritage Command photo NH 79699
    Mike Green
    USS Lark (AMS 23)
    Lark 37k

    Lark - Any of a large group of songbirds found throughout the world

    Tommy Trampp
    YMS-376 372k National Archives photo USN 1045512 Mike Green
    Photo added 23 July 2020

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG John O. Wilson, USNR10 August 1943 - March 1945
    02LT Roger L. Davis, USNRMarch 1945 - 20 November 1945
    03LTJG Arthur G. Janislawski, USNR20 November 1945 - 25 May 1946
    04LTJG Edward J. Karkut, USNR25 May 1946 - 4 June 1946
    05LT Edvin William Anderson, USN8 November 1950 - October 1952
    06LT J. D. Wheeler, USNROctober 1952
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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