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USS WHIPPOORWILL MSC 207

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Redwing Class Motor Minesweeper: Laid down, 7 January 1954 as AMS-207 by the Bellingham Shipyards Co., Bellingham, WA; Launched, 13 August 1954; Redesignated a Coastal Minesweeper MSC-207, 7 February 1955; Commissioned USS Whippoorwill (MSC-207), 20 October 1955 at Tacoma, WA; Decommissioned, 15 December 1970 at San Francisco, CA and placed "in service" as a Naval Reserve Training Ship; Placed "out of service," 30 June 1975; Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1975 and sold to the Republic of Singapore where she served as RSS Jupiter (M 101); Discarded, 1990. Fate unknown.
 
Specifications: Displacement 412 t.; Length 145'; Beam 28'; Draft 12'; Speed 12.8 kts; Complement 40; Armament one single 20mm gun mount, two .50 cal. machine guns, one 81mm mortar; Propulsion two 880 shp General Motors 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.

David Bruhn

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