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Hilarity (MSF 241)

Call sign:
November - Foxtrot - Papa - Whiskey

Hilarity served the Navies of the United States and Mexico.

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 20 March 1944 by the Winslow Marine Railway and Shipbuilding Co., Inc., Winslow, WA
  • Launched 30 July 1944
  • Commissioned Hilarity (AM 241), 27 November 1944
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as December 1945
  • Decommissioned 26 August 1946 at Orange, TX and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-241, 7 February 1955
  • Transferred to Mexico 2 October 1962 and renamed DM-02
  • Struck from the Navy list in 1986
  • Scrapped 1 August 1988.


  • Displacement 945 t.(fl)
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9' 9"
  • Speed 14.8 kts.
  • Complement 104
  • Armament: One 3"/50 cal. dual purpose mount and two 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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    USS Hilarity (AM 241)
    Hilarity 98k Commissioning crew Donald Burger
    Hilarity 36k
    Hilarity 53k
    Hilarity 41k
    Hilarity 182k Wearing camouflage 32/21D in Puget Sound, WA probably in December 1944
    National Archives photos BS 76592 and BS 76593 from the Bureau of Ships collection
    Ships of the U.S. Navy in WWII “Dazzle” Camouflage
    Hilarity 146k
    Hilarity 41k 13 January 1945 Donald Burger
    ARM DM-02
    Hilarity 209k Mexican Navy photo Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Joseph Bruce McEvoy, USNR27 November 1944 - 7 November 1945
    02LT Lloyd Dowler, USNR7 November 1945 - 15 November 1945
    03LT Adam Guiseppe Ottavino, USNR15 November 1945
    04LTJG William Donald West, USNR26 March 1946
    05LCDR Edmond Hamilton Gentry, USNR21 May 1946 - 26 August 1946
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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