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USS Curlew (AMS-8)
USS Laertes (AR-20) is flanked by five minesweepers and five motor minesweepers at Sasebo, Japan, in 1952. USS Curlew (AMS-8) is the middle ship of the group on the right.
Laertes (AR-20) is flanked on her port by five minesweepers and on her starboard by five motor minesweepers at Sasebo, Japan, in 1952. USS Curlew (AMS-8) is the middle ship of the second group.
Career (United States)
Name: USS YMS-218
Builder: J. N. Martinac Shipbuilding Co.
Tacoma, Washington
Laid down: 18 July 1942
Launched: 23 December 1942
Completed: 23 June 1943
Commissioned: 23 June 1943
Decommissioned: early 1947
Renamed: USS Curlew (AMS-8), 18 February 1947
Namesake: the curlew bird
Recommissioned: June 1949
Fate: Transferred to South Korea, 6 January 1956
Career (South Korea)
Name: ROKS Geumhwa (MSC 519)
Acquired: 6 January 1956
Career (U.S.)
Name: USS Curlew (MSC(O)-8)
Struck: 15 November 1974
Fate: dissposed, c. 1977

USS Curlew (MSC(O)-8/AMS-8/YMS-218) was a YMS-1-class minesweeper of the YMS-135 subclass built for the United States Navy during World War II. She was the fourth U.S. Navy ship to be named for the curlew.


Laid down, 18 July 1942 by the J. N. Martinac Shipbuilding Co. of Tacoma, Washington; Launched, 23 December 1942; Completed and commissioned USS YMS-218, 23 June 1943.

She served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II, and took part in occupation activities in late 1945 and early 1946.

In early 1947, after returning to the U.S. West Coast, she was placed out of commission. YMS-218 was reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper, AMS-8 and named USS Curlew, 18 February 1947. Curlew recommissioned in June 1949.

Curlew was sent to the Western $3 a year later to support Korean War operations. During most of that conflict, she was active in the combat zone, performing mine clearance and blockade missions. Curlew remained in the Japan-Korea area after the war ended in mid-1953. She was redesignated a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC(O)-8, 7 February 1955.

Curlew was transferred to South Korea on 6 January 1956 as ROKS Geumhwa (MSC 519). Returned from South Korea, the veteran minesweeper was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 15 November 1974, and was disposed of about 1977.


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