WOODEN SHIPS & IRON MEN
|Courtesy of Phil Palmer
Falcon Class Motor Minesweeper: Laid down, 18 May 1953 as AMS-196 by Broward Marine Inc., Fort Lauderdale,
FL; Launched, 28 August 1954; Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper MSC-196, 7 February 1955; Commissioned USS Meadowlark
(MSC 196), 14 May 1955; Decommissioned, (date unknown); Transferred to Indonesia, 1971 and renamed Pulau Alau (M 717); Struck
from the Naval Register, 1 May 1976; Sold, 1 September 1976. Fate unknown.
Specifications: Displacement 362 t.; Length 144' 3"; Beam 27' 2"; Draft 12'; Speed 13.6 kts; Complement
39; Armament two .50 cal. machine guns and one 81-mm mortar; Propulsion two 600 shp Packard diesel engines, two shafts.
Coastal minesweeper nonmagnetic construction, wooden hull and stainless steel, aluminum, and bronze
engine and hull fittings.Fitted with UQS-1 sonar. Range is 2500 miles at ten knots
WOODEN SHIPS AND IRON MEN a book by CDR David D.Bruhn USN RET.The history of our MSO's from 1953 to 1994. To learn more about
this excellent minesweeper book please visit CDR Bruhn's website at the link below.
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