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Sentry (MSF 299)

Call sign:
November - Quebec - Papa - November

Sentry served the Navies of the United States and South Vietnam

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 16 May 1943 at Winslow Marine Railway and Shipbuilding Co, Seattle WA
  • Launched 15 August 1943
  • Commissioned USS Sentry (AM 299), 30 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-299, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 February 1962
  • Transferred to the Republic of Vietnam 31 August 1962 and renamed RVN Ky Hoa (HQ 09)
  • 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 855shp Cooper Bessemer GSB-8 diesel engines, National Supply Co. single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Sentry (AM 299)
    Sentry 231k In camouflage pattern soon after commissioning Vic Barnaby
    Sentry 116k
    RVN Ky Hoa (HQ 9)
    Sentry 47k
    Sentry 79k c. 1963 Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Thomas Robert Fonick, USNR30 May 1944 - 1 July 1945
    02LTJG Raymond J. Weigele, USNR15 May 1946 - 19 June 1946
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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