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Scuffle (MSF 298)

Call sign:
November - Quebec - November - Charlie

Scuffle served the Navies of the United States and Mexico.

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 4 May 1943 by the Winslow Marine Railway and Ship Building Co., Seattle, WA
  • Launched 8 August 1943
  • Commissioned USS Scuffle (AM 298), 2 May 1944
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as December 1945
  • Decommissioned 19 June 1946 at Orange, TX
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-298, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 May 1962
  • Transferred to Mexico 1 October 1962 and renamed ARM General Felipe Xicotencatl (C 53)
  • Sunk in 1999 off the coast of Cozumel, Mexico.


  • 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 855shp Cooper Bessemer GSB-8 diesel engines, National Supply Co. single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    ARM General Felipe Xicotencatl (C-53)
    531k The Scuffle (AM-298) appears here underway as the General Felipe Xicotencatl (C-53) Photo courtesy of SentinelMexico1
    14k Felipe Santiago Xicotencatl, c. 1847. Photo courtesy of
    120k Bow view of the C-53 and a video of diving on her. Photo courtesy of

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Erik Augustin Johnson, USNR2 May 1944 - 24 August 1945
    02LT Gerald Pope, USNR24 August 1945
    03LT James Charles Freedman, USNR18 October 1945
    04LT Charles Eugene Little, USNR - Transferred from USNR to USN 28 October 1946
    Retired as Captain
    5 November 1945
    05LTJG Searcy Francis Griffin, USNR17 February 1946 - 19 June 1946
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, R. A. Moody, Joe Radigan and Kristen G. Johnson

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