USS Frigate Bird (AMS-191)
- USS Frigate Bird (AMS-191)
USS Frigate Bird (AMS-191) was a "Bluebird"-class motor minesweeper acquired by the U.S. Navy for clearing coastal minefields.
The second ship in the Navy to be named "Frigate Bird", "AMS-191" was launched 24 October 1953 by Quincy Adams Yacht Yard, Inc., Quincy, Massachusetts; sponsored by Mrs. Matthew Gushing; and commissioned 13 January 1955, Lieutenant (junior grade) G. B. Shick, Jr., in command. She was reclassified MSC-191 on 7 February 1955.
East Coast operations
Joining Mine Force, Atlantic Fleet, at Charleston, South Carolina, 21 February 1955 "Frigate Bird" began a program of U.S. East Coast and Caribbean training and experimental operations which continued through 1960. Among her activities were amphibious exercises on the beaches near Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, surveying ocean currents, testing a new type of can buoy, and taking part in fleet exercises of various types. From July 1958, she was homeported at Little Creek, Virginia, and served at frequent intervals with the Operational Development Force.
"Frigate Bird" was transferred to Indonesia in 1971 as "Pulau Atang" (M 721); struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1976; and, disposed of through the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for scrap, 1 September 1976.
* [http://www.navsource.org/archives/11/05191.htm NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive - Frigate Bird (MSC 191) - ex-AMS-191]
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