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Call sign:
Nan - Dog - Oboe - Zebra

YMS-379 served the Navies of the United States and Norway.

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 15 March 1943 by the Greenport Basin and Construction Co., Greenport, NY
  • Launched 29 May 1943
  • Completed 27 September 1943 and commissioned USS YMS-379
  • Transferred to Norway 22 March 1945, reclassified NYMS-379 and later named Alta (M 320)
  • Returned to U.S. custody 7 June 1948; transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission and sold to Norway the same day
  • Struck from the Naval Register 12 August 1948
  • Struck from the Norwegian Navy list in 1959
  • 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
    YMS-379 52k c. 1949
    Alta (M 320)
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history currently available for YMS-379
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    Association of Minemen
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