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Eager (MSF 224)

Call sign:
November - Charlie - Yankee - Golf

Eager served the Navies of the United States and Mexico

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 29 December 1943 by the American Ship Building Co., Lorain, OH
  • Launched 10 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS Eager (AM 224), 23 November 1944
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as December 1945
  • Decommissioned 27 September 1946 at San Pedro, CA
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-224, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 May 1962
  • Transferred to Mexico 2 October 1962 and renamed ARM DM-06
  • Struck from the Mexican Navy list in 1986
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 945 t.(fl)
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9' 9"
  • Speed 14.8 kts.
  • Complement 104
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount, one twin 40mm gun mount, six 20mm gun mounts, one depth charge projector (hedgehog), four depth charge projectors (K-guns), and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,710shp Cooper Bessemer GSB-8 diesel engines, National Supply Co. single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Commanding Officers
    01LT Frank Albert Fitton, USNR23 November 1944 - 2 October 1945
    02LT Richard Robert Gwathemy, USNR2 October 1945
    03LT Lowell Wilson Knoop, USNR6 December 1945
    04LTJG Clarence Evan Smith, USNR20 April 1946
    05ENS Francis George Crawford, USN26 July 1946 - 27 September 1946
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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