USS Catbird (AM-68)
|Builder:||Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, South Carolina|
|Launched:||as MV Bittern, 1938|
|Acquired:||12 August 1940|
|Commissioned:||27 November 1940|
|Decommissioned:||17 August 1944|
|Out of service:||7 November 1945|
|Renamed:||USS Catbird, 14 August 1940|
|Reclassified:||IX-183, 15 August 1944|
|Fate:||Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 24 January 1947|
|Class and type:||Catbird-class minesweeper|
|Displacement:||570 long tons (579 t)|
|Length:||147 ft 10 in (45.06 m)|
|Beam:||28 ft 8 in (8.74 m)|
|Draft:||12 ft (3.7 m)|
|Speed:||15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)|
|Armament:||1 × 3"/23 caliber gun|
Built in 1938 by Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, South Carolina, as MV Bittern, the ship was acquired by the U.S. Navy on 12 August 1940, and commissioned on 27 November 1940, Lieutenant E. Johnson, USNR, in command.
World War II East Coast operations
USS Catbird operated in New England waters through 31 March 1941, engaged in tests and exercises. After overhaul at Brooklyn, New York, she sailed on 5 October for Cristobal where she remained until 29 January 1944, on duty in the 15th Naval District. Returning to the east coast she engaged in local operations at Norfolk, Virginia, until 16 April 1944 when she sailed to Boston, Massachusetts, arriving 19 April.
Reclassified as IX-183
She was reclassified as Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary IX-183 on 15 August 1944, and was placed out of commission in service 17 August 1944.
End of service
- Photo gallery of USS Catbird (AM-68/IX-183) at NavSource Naval History