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Flicker (IX 165)

Call sign:
Nan - Easy - Fox - Mike

ex-Flicker (AM 70)

Flicker Class Minesweeper:

  • The first Flicker was laid down 27 October 1936 as the Fishing Trawler, M/V Delaware by the Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME for Booth Fisheries Co. of Boston, MA
  • Launched 25 February 1937
  • Delivered 20 March 1937
  • Acquired by the Navy 9 August 1940
  • Conversion to a Minesweeper began 9 August 1940 at the Bethlehem Steel Co., East Boston, MA
  • Renamed Flicker 14 August 1940
  • Commissioned USS Flicker (AM 70), 26 October 1940
  • Conversion completed 26 March 1941
  • Reclassified as an Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary, IX-165, 11 April 1944
  • Decommissioned 3 January 1945
  • Struck from the Navy Register 19 January 1945
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 31 March 1945
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for transfer to the War Shipping Administration as January 1945
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 510 t.
  • Length 147' 5"
  • Beam 25'
  • Draft 12'
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Armament: One 3"/23 gun mount
  • Propulsion: One 735shp Fairbanks Morse diesel engine. one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Flicker 76k Namesake: Flicker - A woodpecker of eastern North America Tommy Trampp
    Flicker 158k Photographed in 1940-41
    Courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1974
    U.S. Navy photo NH 81360
    Naval History and Heritage Command

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Harrell Willoughby Hall, USN - USNA Class of 192426 October 1940 - August 1941
    02LT Richard Lagreze, USNRAugust 1941 - October 1942
    03LTJG Edward P. Gough, USNROctober 1942 - May 1944
    04LT Dayton O. Newton, USNRMay 1944 - 3 January 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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