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Swallow (MSC[O] 36)

Call sign:
November - Quebec - Yankee - Papa


Swallow served the Navies of the United States and Japan.

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • The third Swallow was laid down 8 June 1943 as Patrol Craft Sweeper, PCS-1416 by Stadium Yacht Basin Inc., Cleveland, Ohio
  • Reclassified as an Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper, YMS-461, 27 September 1943
  • Launched 8 January 1944
  • Completed 21 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS YMS-461, 22 June 1944
  • Named Swallow and reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper, AMS-36, 18 February 1947
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC(O)-36, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 16 April 1955, loaned to the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force and renamed Yugeshima (MSC-660)
  • Reclassified YAS-41
  • Returned to U.S. custody 1 May 1968 and struck from the Naval Register that same day
  • Sold for scrap 5 September 1969 to Kitajima Choke Co. of Sasebo, Japan.


  • Displacement 270 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 8'
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 32
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 20mm mounts, and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 800shp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    USS YMS-461
    YMS-475/461 65k YMS-475 and YMS-461 in San Francisco Bay, California, shortly after the end of World War II, circa late 1945 or early 1946.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 84992
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Swallow (AMS 36)
    Swallow 24k Swallow - Any of numerous small, long-winged birds noted for their graceful flight and regular migrations Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 8 February 2020
    Gull 124k Swallow and Gull (AMS 16) tied up at Chinnampo, North Korea, in 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.
    U.S. Navy photo 80-G-423775
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01LT J. Roberts, USN1950 - October 1951
    02LTJG David Anthony Rostan, USN)October 1951 - September 1952
    03LT Walter Junior Wysocki, USNSeptember 1952 - December 1952
    04LT A. J. Peacock, Jr., USNRDecember 1952
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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