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Courtesy of Ray Johnston

Falcon Class Motor Minesweeper: Laid down, 26 February 1954 as AMS-193 by the Quincy Adams Yacht Yard, Quincy, Mass.; Redesignated as a Coastal Minesweeper MSC-193, 7 February 1955; Launched, 25 February 1955; Commissioned USS Jacana (MSC-193), 10 March 1955; Decommissioned, (date unknown); Transferred to Indonesia, 1971 and renamed Pulau Aruan (M 718); Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1976; Sold, 1 September 1976.

Specifications: Displacement 362 t.; Length 144' 3"; Beam 27' 2"; Draft 12'; Speed 13.6 kts; Complement 39; Armament single 20 MM AAW cannon mounted on the forecastle and a small arms cache that included a BAR, two Thompson sub-machine guns, four M-1 Garand rifles, and seven .45 caliber pistols.; 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.

David Bruhn

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