|USS Firecrest (AMS-10)|
USS Firecrest (AMS-10) In a Japanese port, 3 September 1952.
|Career (United States)|
|Laid down:||5 October 1942|
|Launched:||3 April 1943|
|Commissioned:||6 August 1943|
|In service:||date unknown|
|Out of service:||date unknown|
|Struck:||31 March 1967|
|Fate:||Disposed of as a target in August 1969|
|Name:||JDS Etajima (MSC-656)|
|Acquired:||15 March 1955|
|Fate:||returned to U.S., early 1967|
|Length:||136 ft (41 m)|
|Beam:||24 ft 6 in (7.47 m)|
|Draught:||8 ft (2.4 m)|
|Propulsion:||two General Motors diesel engines, two shafts|
|Armament:||one single 3"/50 gun mount, two 20mm, two dcp|
Firecrest was laid down 5 October 1942 by Frank L. Sample, Jr., Boothbay Harbor, Maine; launched, 3 April 1943; completed and commissioned USS YMS-231, 6 August 1943.
She was decommissioned in February 1947; named Firecrest and reclassified as a Motor minesweeper, AMS-10, 18 February 1947.
Firecrest returned to service in the later 1940s. She was sent to Korea in 1950 and operated in the combat zone until the shooting ended in July 1953. Firecrest continued to serve in the Far East after the war. She was reclassified as a Coastal minesweeper, Old, MSC(O)-10, 7 February 1955.
Firecrest was transferred to Japan, 15 March 1955 as Etajima (MSC-656). She was returned to U. S. custody in 1967 and struck from the Naval Register, 31 March 1967. Firecrest was disposed of as a target in August 1969.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Photo gallery of Firecrest at NavSource Naval History
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