USS Minivet (AM-371)
|Builder:||Savannah Machine & Foundry Co., Savannah, Georgia|
|Laid down:||19 July 1944|
|Launched:||8 November 1944|
|Commissioned:||29 May 1945|
|Struck:||21 January 1946|
|1 battle star (World War II)|
|Fate:||Sunk by mine, 29 December 1945|
|Class and type:||Auk-class minesweeper|
|Displacement:||890 long tons (904 t)|
|Length:||221 ft 3 in (67.44 m)|
|Beam:||32 ft (9.8 m)|
|Draft:||10 ft 9 in (3.28 m)|
|Speed:||18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)|
|Complement:||100 officers and enlisted|
Minivet was named after the minivet, a type of cuckoo shrike of Asiatic origin.
Minivet was laid down 19 July 1944 by Savannah Machine & Foundry Co., Savannah, Georgia: launched 8 November 1944; sponsored by Miss Henrietta G. Jerrell; commissioned 29 May 1945, Lt. Comdr. Richard Lagreze in command.
Assignment to Pacific operations
Minivet concluded shakedown training at Little Creek, Virginia, and 22 August steamed out of Norfolk, Virginia, en route to assignment in the Far East. She arrived Sasebo, Japan 30 October with Mine Division 23 to play her part in opening the sealanes to peacetime commerce.
Sinking in the Tsushima Straits
During her first month in the area, escort trips to Pusan, Korea, and from Okinawa left little time to stream her minesweeping gear. After a brief availability period AM-371 departed Sasebo on 23 December in company with eight Japanese vessels to complete the sweeping of the Tsushima Straits. Following in the wake of the second pass of the day on 29 December she struck a mine and in a matter of minutes rolled over and sank. Despite the discipline and courageous action of her crew and the bravery of American and Japanese rescuers, Minivet suffered 31 men killed or missing. She became the first American minesweeper lost during these hazardous operations that had destroyed 20,000 mines since the end of the war.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Photo gallery of USS Minivet at NavSource Naval History
- USS Minivet
- Ships of the U.S. Navy, 1940-1945 AM-371 USS Minivet