MSC-201 General Specifications
Class: Redwing-class minesweeper
Complement: 40 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 412 tons
Length: 145 feet
Beam: 28 feet
Draft: 12 feet
Final Disposition: Scrapped April 1978
USS SHRIKE (MSC-201)
MSC-201 was laid down on 1 September 1953 by Tampa Marine Co.
Fla.; launched on 21 July 1954; sponsored by Mrs. A. John Miller
and commissioned on 21 March 1955
Lt. (j.g) W. E. O'Leary in command. Shrike was originally laid down as AMS-201
but her classification was changed to MSC-201 on 7 February 1955.
Shrike sailed from Tampa on 2 April for Charleston S.C.
arriving there on 5 April. From 15 May to 24 June
she conducted shakedown training at Key West Fla. She returned to Charleston on 26 June. For the remainder of the year
the minesweeper operated between Charleston and Key West as a unit of Mine Squadron 4. Shrike was assigned to the Mine Force
and the operational control of Commander
Operational Test and Evaluation Force
with her homeport at Key West. The minesweeper operated out of that port until 30 June 1965. During these years
the ship conducted local operations
conducted experiments with new equipment
evaluated new type mines
and provided services for the missile testing facility at Cape Canaveral. In November 1963
her evaluation testing was interrupted when she was deployed to locate and assist in the salvage of a downed U-2 aircraft in Florida Bay.
On 30 June 1965
Shrike's homeport was changed to Charleston; she was assigned to Mine Division 42
and her status was changed from an experimental ship to a sweeper in the mine force. She conducted operations from Charleston for the next three years which took her as far north as Newport
as far south as the Caribbean
and one trip to New Orleans.
On 27 September 1968
Shrike was decommissioned at Wilmington
and became a Naval Reserve Training Ship for the 6th Naval District. As of August 1974 the minesweeper is still assigned to the Naval Reserve Force and berthed at Wilmington
[Note: The above USS SHRIKE (MSC-201) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS SHRIKE (MSC-201) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]