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Dipper (MSF 357)

Call sign:
November - Hotel - Yankee - Romeo

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 19 November 1943 by the Willamette Iron and Steel Corp., Portland, OR
  • Launched 26 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS Dipper (AM 357), 26 December 1945
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as December 1945
  • Decommissioned 15 January 1947 at San Diego, CA
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-357, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 December 1959
  • Sold for scrap 5 December 1960 to the National Steel Shipbuilding Co., Treasure Island, CA
  • Removed to Treasure Island 5 January 1961.


  • Displacement 945 t.
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9' 9"
  • Speed 14.8 kts.
  • Complement 42 (Reduced crew)
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two twin 40mm gun mounts, six 20mm gun mounts, one depth charge projector (hedgehog), four depth charge projectors (k-guns), and two depth
    charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,710shp Busch Sulzer 539 diesel engines, Farrel Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Dipper 109k Namesake: Dipper. Any of several diving birds, including the dabchicks, the bufflehead, and the water ouzels Tommy Trampp
    Dipper 185k c. 1945 - 1946
    San Diego, CA
    End ship in a nest of nine minesweepers and an LST-type ship
    Courtesy of Ted Stone, 1979
    U.S. Navy photo NH 89283
    Naval History and Heritage Command

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Harold Samuel Pomeroy, USNR26 December 1945 - 20 January 1946
    02LTJG David Edward Barnett, USNR20 January 1946
    03LTJG William Bryan Patterson, USN10 April 1946
    04LCDR Francis Monroe Linderman, USN7 December 1946
    05LTJG Martin John Jaeger, USN4 January 1947 - 14 January 1947
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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