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USS Partridge (AMS-31)
Partridge (AMS 31).jpg
Career (United States)
Name: USS YMS-437
Namesake: the partridge bird
Laid down: 3 October 1944
Launched: 22 April 1945
Commissioned: 25 July 1945
Renamed: USS Partridge (AMS-31), 18 February 1947
Namesake: the partridge bird
Struck: 27 February 1951
Fate: Struck a mine and sank, 2 February 1951
General characteristics
Class & type: YMS-135 subclass of YMS-1-class minesweepers
Displacement: 350 tons
Length: 136 ft (41 m)
Beam: 24 ft 6 in (7.47 m)
Draft: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Propulsion: 2 × 880 bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines
2 shafts
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h)
Complement: 50
Armament: 1 × 3"/50 caliber gun mount
2 × 20 mm guns
2 × depth charge projectors

USS Partridge (AMS-31/YMS-437) was a YMS-1-class minesweeper of the YMS-135 subclass built for the United States Navy in World War II.


Partridge was laid down as YMS-437 on 3 October 1944 by J. M. Martinac Corp., Tacoma, Washington; launched 22 April 1945; and commissioned 25 July 1945, Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert Q. McKinley, USNR, in command.

Upon fitting out, YMS-437 reported to the U.S. Pacific Fleet for duty on 16 August. Assigned to the First Fleet, YMS-437 conducted operations in the Hawaiian Islands area and along the U.S. West Coast. She was reclassified and named Partridge (AMS-31) 18 February 1947. In late 1951, Partridge joined the U.S. forces in Korea. Ordered to assist in clearing Wonsan Harbor of mines, the little minesweeper struck a mine and sank 2 February 1951. Eight of her crew were killed and six were wounded. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 27 February.


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