USS Cormorant (AMS-122)

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USS Cormorant (AMS-122) 13 October 1953.jpg
USS Cormorant (AMS-122), off Mare Island, 13 October 1953.
United States
Name: Cormorant
Namesake: Cormorant
Builder: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California
Laid down: 5 February 1952
Launched: 8 June 1953
Commissioned: 14 August 1953
Reclassified: Coastal Minesweeper, 7 February 1955
Struck: 15 March 1974
Fate: sold for scrap, 1 December 1974
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Bluebird-class minesweeper
Displacement: 330 long tons (340 t)
Length: 144 ft (44 m)
Beam: 28 ft (8.5 m)
Draft: 12 ft (3.7 m)
Installed power:
Propulsion: 2 × screws
Speed: 13 kn (24 km/h; 15 mph)
Complement: 39

USS Cormorant (AMS-122/MSC-122) was a Bluebird-class minesweeper in the United States Navy.


Cormorant was laid down 5 February 1952, as AMS-122; launched 8 June 1953, by Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California; sponsored by Mrs. I. H. Whitthorne; and commissioned 14 August 1953, Lieutenant Frank A. Mitchell, USNR, in command. She was reclassified MSC-122, 7 February 1955.[2]

East Coast Activity[edit]

For the rest of the year Cormorant conducted minesweeping, sonar school, and other operations on the West Coast except for a brief cruise to Pearl Harbor for duty with the Naval Reserve Training Center.[2]

Pacific Ocean operations[edit]

Sailing to the Far East, Cormorant arrived at her new home port Sasebo 22 February. She remained in the western Pacific conducting minesweeping exercises in Korean and Japanese waters and voyaging to Formosa, Okinawa, and the Philippines for training through 1960.[2]

Cormorant's final homeport was Everett, Washington, where she served as a Reserve training ship.[citation needed]


Cormorant was decommissioned at Everett, Washington in 1970.[citation needed] She was struck from the Naval Register 15 March 1974. She was disposed of 1 December 1974, through the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for scrap.[1]

See also[edit]




Online resources

  • "Cormorant II (AMS-122)". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval History and Heritage Command. 6 July 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2017. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  • "USS Cormorant (MSC 122)". Retrieved 17 March 2017.

Further reading[edit]

  • Blackman, Raymond V. B (1962). Jane's Fighting Ships 1962–63. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd.

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