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Starling (MSF 64)

Call sign:
November - Bravo - Papa - Alpha

Starling served the Navies of the United States and Mexico.

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • The second Starling was laid down 14 July 1941 by the General Engineering and Dry Dock Co., Alameda, CA
  • Launched 11 April 1942
  • Commissioned USS Starling (AM 64), 21 December 1942
  • Decommissioned 15 May 1946 at San Diego, CA
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as December 1945
  • Reclassified a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-64, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 July 1972
  • Sold to Mexico 16 February 1973 and renamed ARM Valentin Gómez Farias (G 11)
  • Reclassified P-110 in 1993
  • Still in service as of 2010.


  • Displacement 890 t.
  • Length 221' 2"
  • Beam 32' 2"
  • Draft 10' 9"
  • Speed 18.1 kts.
  • Complement 105
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 40mm gun mounts, eight 20mm guns, two depth charge tracks and five depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 1,559shp ALCO 539 diesel electric engines, Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    USS Starling (AM 64)
    Starling 39k Namesake: Starling - Any passerine bird of the genus Sturnus or of the family, Sturnidae Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 5 April 2020
    Starling 246k Ed Zajkowski
    ARM Valentin Gómez Farias (P 110)
    Starling 48k Namesake: Valentín Gómez Farías - (14 February 1781 – 5 July 1858) was the President of Mexico for five short periods in the 1830s and 1840s. During his term in 1833, he enacted significant liberal reforms that were aimed at undermining the power of the Roman Catholic Church and the army in Mexico Tommy Trampp
    Starling 254k 9 November 2010
    The Mexican navy vessel ARM Valentin Gómez Farias (P 110) holds position off the port bow of the Carnival cruise ship Carnival Splendor while passengers aboard the cruise ship line the ship's weather decks. The aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) was diverted from its training maneuvers at the direction of Commander, U.S. Third Fleet, and at the request of the U.S. Coast Guard, to a position near the Carnival cruise ship Carnival Splendor. Ronald Reagan is facilitating the delivery of 4,500 pounds of supplies to Carnival Splendor after the cruise ship became stranded 150 nautical miles southwest of San Diego early Monday, 8 November
    U.S. Navy photo 101109-N-1004S-148 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shawn J. Stewart
    LCDR Orlando Gallardo, Jr., USN (Essex C-51 Department Head)

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Ellsworth Dudley McEathron, USN21 December 1942
    02LT Ronald Carl Biles, USN24 May 1943
    03LT Marshall D. Duffield, USN22 July 1944
    04LT Richard Bassett, USN28 June 1945
    06LT Edward Joseph Bradley, Jr., USN13 November 1945 - 15 May 1946
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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