USS Hawk (AMS-17)
USS YMS-362 off Iwo Jima in February 1945. The ship later was renamed and redesignated USS Hawk (AMS-17).
|Laid down:||24 November 1942|
|Launched:||22 May 1943|
|Sponsored by:||Miss Marilyn Miller|
|Completed:||30 September 1943|
|Commissioned:||4 October 1943|
|Renamed:||USS Hawk (AMS-17), 17 February 1947|
|Namesake:||the hawk bird|
|Reclassified:||MSC(O)-17, 7 February 1955|
|Struck:||17 October 1957|
|4 battle stars, World War II|
|Fate:||Sold; ultimate fate unknown|
|Class and type:||YMS-135 subclass of YMS-1-class minesweepers|
|Length:||136 ft (41 m)|
|Beam:||22 ft 9 in (6.93 m)|
|Draft:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Speed:||14.5 knots (26.9 km/h)|
|Armament:||1 × 3"/50 caliber gun mount|
Hawk was laid down as YMS-362 on 24 November 1942 by Robert Jacob Inc. of City Island, New York, launched, 22 May 1943, sponsored by Miss Marilyn Miller. The ship was completed on 30 September 1943, and commissioned on 4 October 1943 with Lt. J. W. Starbuck, Jr., in command.
YMS-362 spent its first year of commissioned life in training on the eastern coast of the United States.
She departed Norfolk, Virginia, and the Atlantic Fleet 19 October 1944, and arrived at Pearl Harbor 25 November for war duty. She swept mines in support of the invasion of Iwo Jima 17 February 1945, destroying two enemy machine gun emplacements ashore as the invasion began.
YMS-362 witnessed the mushroom cloud resulting from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945  and was present in Tokyo Bay at the signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender on 2 September 1945.
After overhaul and refitting, she took up duties with the Atlantic Fleet as a unit attached to the U.S. Naval Mine-craft Base at Charleston, South Carolina. During a second refitting, on 17 February 1947 YMS-362 was renamed and redesignated Hawk (AMS-17). Reclassified a second time as MSC(O)-17 on 7 February 1955, Hawk continued her service as a minesweeping training ship.
Hawk was struck from the Naval Vessel Register 17 October 1957 and sold. Her ultimate fate is unknown.
Awards and honors
- "Sexton: He was 'Forrest Gump' before there was such a character". Winston-Salem Journal. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-19.
- "Allied Ships Present in Tokyo Bay During the Surrender Ceremony, 2 September 1945". United States Navy. 14 December 2004. Retrieved 2007-12-27.
- Photo gallery of Hawk at NavSource Naval History