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Swift (MSF 122)

Call sign:
November - Bravo - Delta - November

Auk Class Minesweeper:
  • Built by John H. Mathis Co., Camden, NJ (YN 138)
  • Laid down, 27 June 1942
  • Launched, 05 December 1942
  • Commissioned USS Swift (AM-122), 29 December 1943
  • Placed "in commission, in reserve" at the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego, CA, February 1946
  • Placed "out of commission, in reserve," 04 June 1946
    Naval Vessel Register of 01 January 1949 lists out of commission, in reserve as December 1945
  • Recommissioned, 19 December 1951
  • Reclassified as Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull) MSF-122, 07 February 1955
  • Decommissioned and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, 13 December 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 01 July 1972
  • Final disposition, scrapped

  • Displacement 890 t.
  • Length 221' 2"
  • Beam 32'
  • Draft 10' 9"
  • Speed 18.1 kts.
  • Complement 105
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 40mm gun mounts, two 20mm gun mounts, two depth charge tracks and five depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 1,766shp General Motors 12-278 diesel electric engines, Farrel-Birmingham reduction gear, two shafts.
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    172k Underway off Norfolk Navy Yard, 05 March 1945.
    National Archives photo 19-N-96890
    Dave Wright
    28k Underway, early 1950s. Joe Radigan
    96k Underway, early 1950s. From the collection of former crewmember Arthur Wendell Natalie, Jr. Nate Carpenter
    Frank V. Perry (right), boatswain’s mate third class, USN, is congratulated bv Navy Lt. William A, Simcox after receiving an additional star on his good conduct medal, while serving aboard the auxiliary motor minesweeper, Swift (MSF-122). Perry is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Perry, of Deer Park, and husband of the former Miss Margaret Smith, of Washington, D. C. The Swift is operating in Far Eastern waters with the Pacific Fleet Biockading and Escort Force.
    Image and text provided by University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
    Text by The Republican. [volume] (Oakland, Md.) 1877-current, 23 December 1954, Image 14, courtesy of
    34k c. 1955 John Bates

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Richard Kendall Cockey, USNR29 December 1943 - 31 August 1945
    02LT Vincent de Paul Hurley, USNR31 August 1945 - 20 September 1945
    03LT Dana Kent Law, USNR20 September 1945
    04LTJG Francis F. Peterson, USNR10 February 1946
    05LT Christopher Joseph Casserly, USN19 December 1951 - April 1952
    06LT Robert Barr Smith, USNApril 1952 - 1953
    07LT Willian Arthur Simcox, USN1953
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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