USS Roselle (AM-379)

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History
United States
Name: USS Roselle (AM-379)
Builder: Gulf Shipbuilding Corp., Chickasaw, Alabama
Laid down: 24 February 1944
Launched: 29 August 1944
Commissioned: 6 February 1945
Decommissioned: 20 June 1946
Reclassified: MSF-379, 7 February 1955
Struck: 1 July 1972
Fate: Sold to Mexico, 1 February 1973
Mexico
Name: ARM Melchor Ocampo (C78)
Namesake:
Acquired: 1 February 1973
Renamed: ARM Manuel Gutiérrez Zamora (P109), 1993[1]
Reclassified: G10
Status: in active service, as of 2007[1]
General characteristics
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
Armament:

USS Roselle (AM-379) was an Auk-class minesweeper acquired by the United States Navy for the dangerous task of removing mines from minefields laid in the water to prevent ships from passing. She was the second United States Navy warship to be so named.

Roselle was laid down 24 February 1944, by the Gulf Shipbuilding Corp., Chickasaw, Alabama; launched 29 August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Louis E. Griffith; and commissioned 6 February 1945, Lt. Comdr. H. T. Loehr, Jr., in command.

Pacific Ocean operations[edit]

Following shakedown at Little Creek, Virginia, she replaced Pilot (AM-104) as training vessel there on 24 April 1945. Completing six months of minesweeper training operations in the Atlantic Ocean, she transited the Panama Canal and joined the U.S. Pacific Fleet on 23 October 1945. After three-week periods at San Pedro, California, and at Pearl Harbor, she proceeded to Japan, via Eniwetok and Saipan, arriving at Sasebo on 14 January 1946. She operated in Japanese waters on minesweeping operations through April, then returned to the United States via Eniwetok and Pearl Harbor, arriving San Diego 20 May to report to the 19th Fleet for inactivation.

Decommissioning[edit]

Roselle was placed out of commission in reserve in San Diego on 20 June 1946. Reclassified MSF-379 on 7 February 1955, she remained out of commission in reserve at San Diego until February 1973 when she was sold to the government of Mexico. Initially named ARM Melchor Ocampo (G10), she was later renamed ARM Manuel Gutiérrez Zamora (P109). As of 2007, Manuel Gutiérrez Zamora was in active service with the Mexican Navy.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Wertheim, Eric, ed. (2007). The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World: Their Ships, Aircraft, and Systems (15th ed.). Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. p. 472. ISBN 978-1-59114-955-2. OCLC 140283156. 

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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