List of mine warfare vessels of the United States Navy

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This is a list of mine warfare vessels of the United States Navy.

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Auxiliary Minelayers (ACM)

Chimo-class

PCE-842-class

Camanche-class

Other

Minesweepers (AM)

Lapwing-class

Raven-class

Auk-class

Bullfinch-class

Catbird-class

Albatross-class

Kite-class

Goshawk-class

Goldcrest-class

Adroit-class

Hawk-class

Admirable-class

Algerine-class (built for the United Kingdom)

These minesweepers were built for the U.K. and redesignated from an AM hull number to a J hull number. Most were returned to the US at the end of Lend-Lease.

Agile- or Aggressive-class

These classes have considerable overlap; some ships are considered both Agile- and Agreessive-class.[ by whom? ] A few more are occasionally considered Dash-class.

Accentor- or Acme-class

Ability-class

Other/unknown class

Auxiliary Base Minesweepers (AMb)

Coastal Minesweepers (AMc)

Pipit-class

Goshawk-class

Chatterer-class

Grosbeak-class

Cros-class

Egret-class

Frigate Bird-class

Reedbird-class

Firecrest-class

Accentor-class

Agile-class

Acme-class

Admirable-class

PCS-1376-class

Other/unknown classes

Many coastal minesweepers were civilian ships purchased by the US Navy and then converted for use as minesweeper ships. Among them are various designs and makes of yachts, fishing vessels, and other ships.

Coastal Minesweepers (Underwater Locator) (AMCU)

AMCU-7-class

YMS-1-class

PCS-1376-class

LCI(L)-351-class

Other/unknown classes

Ocean Minesweepers (AMS)

YMS-1-class

Adjutant- or Bluebird-class

The name of this class of ships internationally is Adjutant, named for the USS Adjutant (AMS-60), which was cancelled and transferred to Portugal as the Ponta Delgada (M 405). The first commissioned ship of this class in the US Navy was the USS Bluebird (AMS-121), hence its US Navy class name.

Albatross-class

Other/unknown classes

British Minesweepers (BAM)

For more vessels of this class see Catherine class minesweeper

Minelayers (CM)

Converted steamships and freighters

These ships were converted steamships and freighters used from 1918-1919 for minelaying during World War I.

Baltimore-class

San Francisco-class

Aroostook-class

Catskill-class

Other/unknown classes and unique ships

Coastal Minelayers (CMc)

Light Minelayers (DM)

Wickes-class

These ships were originally designated as Wickes-class destroyers and later reclassified to light minelayers around 1920.

Clemson-class

These ships were originally designated Clemson-class destroyers and later reclassified as light minelayers in 1937.

Robert H. Smith-class

These ships were originally designated Allen M. Sumner-class destroyers but reclassified as Robert H. Smith-class destroyer minelayers in 1944.

High Speed/Destroyer Minesweepers (DMS)

Wickes-class

Clemson-class

Gleaves-class

Mine Countermeasures Ships (MCM)

Avenger-class

Mine Countermeasures Support Ships (MCS)

Many Mine Countermeasures Support (MCS) ships were previous vehicle landing, tank landing, dock landing, or amphibious assault ships that were reclassified to the MCS type in later years.

Catskill-class

Osage-class

LST-542-class

Ashland-class

Iwo Jima-class

Coastal Minehunters (MHC)

YMS-1-class

PCS-1376-class

LCI(L)-351-class

Osprey-class

Other/unknown classes

Coastal Minelayers (MMC)

Auk-class

Unknown class

Fast Minesweepers (MMD)

Robert H. Smith-class

Fleet Minelayers (MMF)

Catskill-class

Minesweepers, Coastal (MSC)

Bluebird-class

MSC-218-class

Albatross-class

Unknown/other class

Minesweepers, Coastal (Old) (MSC(O))

All ships to yet receive the MSC(O) designation were YMS-1-class minesweepers previously in service as Ocean Minesweepers (AMS). They retained their the numerical part of their AMS-X hull numbers when reclassified to the new type (MSC(O)-X) in February 1955, leading to irregular jumps in hull numbering within this type.

YMS-1-class

Minesweepers, Steel Hulled (MSF)

Raven-class

Auk-class

Admirable-class

Inshore Minesweepers (MSI)

Minesweepers, Ocean (MSO)

Agile- or Aggressive-class

Ships of this class are variously called Agile- or Aggressive-class depending on source. Some four ships are also sometimes named as a part of a distinct Dash-subclass.

Acme-class

Ability-class

Minesweepers (Special Device) (MSS)

Note that the official classification of these as devices rather than ships accounts for these ships absence of listings among the Navy's ships while designated MSS-1 and MSS-2.

Auxiliary Motor Mine Sweeper (YMS)

All Auxiliary Motor Mine Sweeper (YMS) ships to date are YMS-1-class, which itself has multiple subclasses.

YMS-1-subclass

YMS-135-subclass