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USS LIMPKIN (MSC-195) - a Falcon-class minesweeper

In Commission 1955 to 1968

MSC-195 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
APR 1953 - Keel Date: 17 APR 1953
at Broward Marine Inc. Fort Lauderdale Florida
MAY 1954 - Launch Date: 21 MAY 1954
MAR 1955 - Commissioned: 26 MAR 1955
SEP 1968 - Decommissioned: 26 SEP 1968

MSC-195 General Specifications

Class: Falcon-class minesweeper

Complement: 40 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 362 tons

Length: 144 feet 3 inches

Beam: 27 feet 2 inches

Draft: 12 feet

Final Disposition: Transferred to Indonesia 1971


The second Limpkin (MSC-195) was laid down 17 April 1953 by Breward Marine Inc. Fort Lauderdale Fla. launched 22 May 1954; sponsored by Mrs. Edward Applegate; and commissioned 10 April 1955 Lt. T. E. Vines in command.

After reporting to Mine Division 45 at Charleston S.C. 15 April 1955 the new coastal minesweeper proceeded to Narragansett Bay R.I. for shakedown. Returning to Charleston 19 June Limpkin trained with the Fleet Sonar School Key West Fla. 20 July to 3 August then returned home for operations off South Carolina and a post shake down overhaul.

Transferred to Mine Division 41 on New Year's Day during 1956 Limpkin worked with the Mine Evaluation Depot Key West Fla.; spent a gruelling month undergoing refresher training at Guantanamo Bay Cuba: and participated in a minesweeping exercise with the Atlantic Fleet.

Shifting home port to Yorktown Va. site of the Navy Mine Warfare School in January 1957 for the next 2 years the ship trained Navy men in the dangers and intricacies of minesweeping operations.

Changing her home port to Little Creek Va. 1 January 1959 Limpkin operated with the amphibious forces of the Atlantic Fleet and tested experimental minesweeping gear in the Chesapeake Bay. The ship departed Little Creek 29 September 1960 for the NATO exercise "Sweepclear" off Nova Scotia. Calling briefly at Boston Limpkin arrived Halifax 6 October and operated with Canadian minesweeps until 19 October.

Returning to Little Creek 26 October the ship soon deployed to the Caribbean visiting Cristobal Panama and San Juan Pueblo Rico during the 3-month cruise and participating in LANTPHIBEX 1-61. For the remainder of 1961 she patrolled Chesapeake Bay evaluating new equipment and training recruits.

Following another LANTPHIBEX in the Caribbean during early 1962 Limpkin returned to Nova Scotia in October 1962 for a Joint operation "Sweepclear" with Canadian Mine Squadron 1. In 1963 plus operating in the Chesapeake Bay the ship gained more invaluable training with the Canadians as "Sweepclear" shifted to Mayport Fla. thus providing familiarity with the breadth and unity of American-Canadian defense for the eastern coast of North America.

Limpkin continued this pattern of service perfecting the dangerous art of mine warfare in operations along the Atlantic coast and in the Caribbean until late 1968. On 26 September 1968 she decommissioned and was placed in service as a Naval Reserve training ship based at Perth Amboy N.J. She continues to give reservists first hand training into 1969. [Transcriber's Note: Limpkin was disposed of by Navy sale 1 September 1976.]

[Note: The above USS LIMPKIN (MSC-195) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS LIMPKIN (MSC-195) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]