USS Quail (AM-15)

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Career
Name: USS Quail
Builder: Chester Shipbuilding Co., Chester, Pennsylvania
Laid down: 14 May 1918
Launched: 6 October 1918
Commissioned: 29 April 1919, as Minesweeper No.15
Reclassified: AM-15, 17 July 1920
Struck: 8 May 1942
Honours and
awards:
1 battle star (World War II)
Fate: Scuttled to prevent capture, 5 May 1942
General characteristics
Class & type: Lapwing-class minesweeper
Displacement: 840 long tons (853 t)
Length: 187 ft 10 in (57.25 m)
Beam: 35 ft 6 in (10.82 m)
Draft: 8 ft 10 in (2.69 m)
Speed: 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Complement: 61
Armament: 2 × 3 in (76 mm) guns

USS Quail (AM-15) was an Lapwing-class minesweeper acquired by the U.S. Navy for the dangerous task of removing mines from minefields laid in the water to prevent ships from passing.

Quail was named after the quail, a migratory game bird.

Quail was laid down 14 May 1918 by the Chester Shipbuilding Co., Chester, Pennsylvania; launched 6 October 1918; and commissioned 29 April 1919.

Post-World War I operations[edit]

Quail steamed to Kirkwall, Scotland, to join the North Sea Mine Sweeping Detachment. She operated with this force clearing the North Sea of mines until 25 November 1919.

She operated with the Atlantic Fleet in Cuban waters during early 1920, and then along the U.S. East Coast. In September 1922, she was attached to the submarine base at Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone, operating in the Caribbean.

She made a cruise to the east coast in late 1923, and in 1925 she was at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for repairs. In 1927 she spent time patrolling the west coast of Nicaragua, and later joined the fleet in the Caribbean for maneuvers. From July 1928 to January 1929, she was on the east coast, operating between Virginia and Massachusetts. She returned to Coco Solo in 1929. Following duty with the control force in the Panama Canal area from 1929 to 1931, Quail operated out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from 1931 to 1941, including in her duties a period of survey work off Alaska.

World War II Pacific operations[edit]

With the outbreak of war with Japan Quail was in the Philippines. During the defense of Corregidor, she swept a channel providing access to South Harbor, Corregidor. Her crew then went ashore to aid in the defense of that island. Damaged by enemy bombs and guns, Quail was scuttled 5 May 1942 by U.S. forces to prevent her capture. Part of her crew, Lt Cmdr. John H Morrill and 17 others, escaped to Darwin, Australia, in a 36-foot motor launch.

Awards[edit]

Quail received one battle star for World War II service.

References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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