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Redwing Class Motor Minesweeper: Laid down 14 September 1953 as Motor Minesweeper, AMS-205 by the Bellingham Shipyards, Bellingham, WA; Launched, 30 April 1954; Redesignated a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-205, 7 February 1955; Commissioned USS Vireo (MSC 205), 7 June 1955 at Tacoma, WA; Decommissioned, 1 October 1970 at Long Beach, CA and placed in service as a Naval Reserve Training Ship at Seattle, WA; Placed out of service 1 April 1975; Struck from the Naval Register 1 July 1975; Transferred to the Republic of Fiji 1 October 1975 as Kula (MSC 205); Discarded in 1985.

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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