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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive

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Contributed by Mike Smolinski

Peacock (MSC 198)

Falcon Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • The fourth Peacock was laid down 29 January 1953 as AMS-198 by the Harbor Boat Building Co., Terminal Island, CA
  • Launched 19 June 1954
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-198, 7 February 1955
  • Commissioned USS Peacock (MSC 198), 16 March 1955
  • Decommissioned sometime between March 1971 and January 1972 and placed in service as a Naval Reserve training ship at Long Beach, CA
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register 1 July 1975
  • Sold for scrap 1 September 1976.


  • Displacement 362 t.
  • Length 144' 3"
  • Beam 27' 2"
  • Draft 12'
  • Speed 13.6 kts.
  • Complement 40
  • Armament: One twin 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: Two 600shp Packard diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Peacock 68k

    Peacock - A bird noted for its colorful tail feathers

    Tommy Trampp
    Peacock 65k Charles Esper, ADCS(AW), USNR-R
    Crew member 1971/1973
    Peacock 98k Joseph M. Radigan (of blessed memory)
    Peacock 65k Epping Forest (LSD 4) "mothering" coastal minesweeper Peacock
    U.S. Navy photo from the July 1962 edition of All Hands magazine
    Peacock 203k U.S. Navy photo Robert Hurst
    Peacock 438k Sasebo, Japan
    Photo by Steven Tenneson during the USS Ticonderoga (CVA 14) 1964 WestPac
    Bob Canchola
    Photo added 7 June 2021
    Peacock 94k c. 1967
    Moored outboard of two unidentified MSC's
    Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Peacock 252k c. 1969
    Naval History and Heritage Command photos NH 84419 and NH 84421
    Mike Green
    Peacock 365k
    Peacock 261k 5 December 1969
    Off Subic Bay, Philippines
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 84420

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Don Edward Crawley, USN16 March 1955 - 1 October 1956
    02LT James W. Stinner, USN1 October 1956 - 6 June 1958
    03LT Jack William Davis, USN6 June 1958 - 1959
    04LT Nicholas (Nick) Brown, USN1959 - 19 January 1962
    05LT Edmund Betz Miller, USN19 January 1962 - May 1964
    06LT Douglas Karl Menikheim, USNMay 1964 - 9 October 1966
    07LT Ronald Francis Melampy, USN9 October 1966 - 10 October 1968
    08LCDR Michael Allen McDevitt, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral10 October 1968 - 1 March 1971
    09LT John W. Strassberger, USN1 March 1971
    09LT John W. Strassberger, USN - 12 January 1972
    10LT Keith T. Moore, USN12 January 1972 - 3 August 1973
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joseph M. Radigan (of blessed memory)

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