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Call sign:
Nan - Easy - Mike - Item

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 16 July 1941 by the Wheeler Shipbuilding Corp., Whitestone, Long Island, NY
  • Launched 22 June 1942
  • Completed 12 August 1942 and assigned to the 3rd Naval District operating out of New York before being reassigned to the Pacific
  • Participated in the following operations:
    Cape Gloucester Operation, New Britain, New Guinea "Backhander" 26 - 28 December 1943
    Tanahmerah Bay-Humbolt Bay-Aitape Operation, Papua, New Guinea "Reckless" 22 April - 13 May 1944
    Morotai Operation, Indonesia "Trade Wind" 15 September 1944
    Brunei Operation, Malaysia "Oboe Six" 10 - 17 June 1945, and
    Balikpapan Operation, Borneo "Oboe Two" 15 June - 6 July 1945
  • Damaged by mine 29 April 1945 off Tarakan, Borneo
  • Struck from the Naval Register 10 June 1947
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in April 1948
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 270 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 6' 1"
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement 33
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 20mm mounts and two depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    YMS-53 184k 28 December 1945
    Shanghai, China
    YMS-338, YMS-6, YMS-8, YMS-53 and YMS-51 were just a portion of the mine sweeping force tied-up along the Huangpu River
    Photo from the collection of LTJG Jack W. Norris, XO, YMS-56
    Paul Norris
    837k YMS-51 Victory Markings on her bridge. Photo courtesy of Harold Cassidy via his son Ash Cassidy.
    147k YMS-51 Victory Markings on her bridge. Photo courtesy of Harold Cassidy via his son Ash Cassidy.
    1.19k c. January 1946 YMS-51 meets the Golden Gate. Photo courtesy of Harold Cassidy via his son Ash Cassidy.

    Miscellaneous Photos

    Contributed by Jeff Oakes

    1. LT F. P. Allen, Jr., USNR
    Commanding Officer

    2. ENS George P. Zimmer, USNR
    Executive Officer

    3. CBM Jesse A. Gates, USN aka "Boats"

    4. Chief Gates

    5. CMoMM Riley W. Box, USN aka "Reverend"

    6. CEM Robert L. Jones, USN aka "Jonesy"

    7. Lightship Ambrose (LV 111) taken from YMS-51

    8. Looking forward from the Crows Nest

    9. Looking aft from the bridge

    10. Ships binnacle on the open bridge

    There is no DANFS history available for YMS-51
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