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Gull (MHC 46)
ex-Gull (AMCU 46)
ex-Gull (AMS 16)

YMS-324 call sign:
November - Papa - Zulu - Charlie

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 3 June 1943 at the Al Larson Boat Shop, Terminal Island, CA
  • Launched 14 October 1943
  • Completed and commissioned USS YMS-324, 28 February 1944
  • Reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper AMS-16, 17 February 1947 and named Gull
  • Conversion to a Coastal Minesweeper ((Underwater Locator) began 1 August 1954 at the Ship Repair Facility, Yokosuka, Japan
  • Reclassified AMCU-46, 1 August 1954
  • Conversion completed 31 January 1955
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minehunter MHC-46, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 14 January 1958 at San Diego, CA
  • Struck from the Naval Register in March 1959
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 270 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 8'
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 32
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount (replaced by one 40mm mount), two 20mm mounts, and two depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt reduction gear, two shafts.
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    USS YMS-324
    Gull 81k Seen here as YMS-324 San Francisco Bay
    U.S. Navy photo NH 79694
    Naval Historical Center
    YMS-324 134k Seen here as YMS-324 underway, probably shortly after her completion in early 1944
    U.S. Navy photo NH 91923
    USS Gull (AMS 16)
    Seagull 25k Namesake: Gull/Sea Gull/Seagull - A common shore bird having long wings and webbed feet Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 24 February 2020
    Gull 278k Undated hand made Japanese post card Tommy Trampp
    Gull 124k Swallow (AMS-36) and Gull tied up at Chinnampo, North Korea, November 1950, after taking part in clearing a channel more that sixty miles inland from the Yellow Sea and up the Taedong River to Chinnampo
    National Archives photo 80-G-423775
    Naval Historical Center
    Gull 166k Sweeping for mines during a commando raid by British Royal Marines at Chinnampo, North Korea. Original photo is dated 15 June 1951. This operation was intended to cut rail and other enemy supply lines. Note the lookout watching for mines off Gull's bow
    National Archives photo 80-G-430072
    AMS-8 75k C. 1953
    Sasebo, Japan
    Curlew (AMS 8), Mockingbird (AMS 27), Heron (AMS 18), and Gull nested at Sasebo
    Wayne Schafer
    AMS-5 Condor/LST-735 Dukes County 88k c. 1952/1954
    Dukes County (LST-735) serving as mother ship for seven minesweepers, probably in a Japanese port. Ships nested alongside are: Gull, Firecrest (AMS-10), Condor (AMS-5), Merganser (AMS-26), Osprey (AMS-28), Competent (AM-316), and Chief (AM-315)
    Courtesy U.S. Naval Institute, James C. Fahey Collection
    U.S. Navy photo NH 68589
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Haven B. F. Silveira, USNR28 February 1944 - September 1945
    02LT Archibald W. Wood, USNRSeptember 1945 - December 1945
    03LT Philip B. Nottingham, USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    04LTJG K. J. Evans, USNRMarch 1946 - June 1946
    05ENS Harry W. Cox, USNRJune 1946
    06LT Charles Edgar Clark Nimitz, USN - USNA Class of 19471950 - May 1951
    07LTJG Merritt Douglas Tuel, USNRMay 1951 - January 1952
    08LT J. H. Yates, USNRJanuary 1952 - April 1952
    09LTJG John Howard Bell, USNApril 1952 - November 1952
    10LTJG Rex Calvin Taylor, USNRNovember 1952
    11LTJG F. M. Bailey, USN1953
    12LCDR Eugene Timothy Connors, USN1956
    ??LT Dale Vernon Schermerhorn, USN - Awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V (1951)
    ??LT Jerred Rushton Rockwood, USN
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joseph M. Radigan (of blessed memory)

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