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USS PARROT (MSC-197) - a Falcon-class minesweeper

In Commission 1955 to 1968

MSC-197 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC 1953 - Keel Date: 23 DEC 1953
at Broward Marine Inc. Fort Lauderdale Florida
NOV 1954 - Launch Date: 27 NOV 1954
JUN 1955 - Commissioned: 28 JUN 1955
SEP 1968 - Decommissioned: 26 SEP 1968

MSC-197 General Specifications

Class: Falcon-class minesweeper

Complement: 39 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 362 tons

Length: 144 feet 3 inches

Beam: 27 feet 1 inches

Draft: 12 feet

Final Disposition: Sold for scrap 1 December 1976


Parrot was laid down as AMS-197 on 23 December 1953 at Broward Marine Inc., Fort Fauderdale, Fla.; launched 27 November 1954; sponsored by Mrs. S. Heuer; reclassified MSC-197 on 7 February 1955; and commissioned 28 June 1955, Lt. (j.g.) R. K. Fontaine in command.

After fitting out and training, Parrot, along with four other minesweepers, participated in cold weather minesweeping exercises in the North Atlantic. Parrot then moved to Charleston, her base for exercises and training operations in the Caribbean and the Gulf Stream. She remained there until January 1958, when she sailed north to participate in her first NATO exercise. Upon completion, she returned to the Caribbean area where she remained into 1961, conducting training exercises and serving as training ship for the Mine Warfare School. In March 1961, she assisted in helping to evaluate the new helicopter method of minesweeping. After completion of this duty, she returned to her training and patrol duties.

On 22 October 1962, Parrot was ordered to get underway, with no destination being specified. She was later directed to assist in the Cuban Quarantine operation. After this duty, she returned to Charleston. Once again she resumed her training and patrolling duties. On 1 March 1963, she left Charleston with orders to search for the overdue SS Sulphur Queen. Finding nothing, Parrot returned to port on 18 March. Resuming patrol duties and training exercises, Parrot also made annual deployments to the Caribbean until August 1968. Decommissioned and placed in service 26 September 1968, Parrot became a Naval Reserve Training Ship at Atlantic City where she continues into 1970.

[Note: The above USS PARROT (MSC-197) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS PARROT (MSC-197), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]