USS Falcon (AMS-190)

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Ships of US Naval Reserve Mine Division 22 c1965.jpg
Falcon (MSC-190), with US Mine Division 22, c. 1965.
Builder:Quincy Adams Yacht Yard, Inc., Quincy, Massachusetts
Laid down:7 May 1953
Launched:21 September 1953
Commissioned:24 November 1954
Reclassified:Coastal Minesweeper, 7 February 1955
Struck:1 May 1976
Fate:Transferred to Indonesia, 1971
Name:Pulau Aru
Identification:Hull symbol: M-722
Fate:sold for scrap, 1 September 1976
General characteristics [1]
Class and type:Bluebird-class minesweeper
Displacement:362 long tons (368 t)
Length:144 ft 3 in (43.97 m)
Beam:27 ft 2 in (8.28 m)
Draft:12 ft (3.7 m)
Installed power:
Propulsion:2 × screws
Speed:13.6 kn (25.2 km/h; 15.7 mph)
Armament:1 × twin 20 mm (0.8 in) Oerlikon cannons anti-aircraft (AA) mount

The fourth USS Falcon (AMS-190/MSC-190) was a Bluebird-class minesweeper in the United States Navy.


Falcon was laid down 7 May 1953, as AMS-190; launched 21 September 1953, by Quincy Adams Yacht Yard, Inc., Quincy, Massachusetts; sponsored by Mrs. A. D. MacDonnell; and commissioned 24 November 1954, Lieutenant (jg) Milton J. Schultz, Jr., in command. She was reclassified MSC-190 on 7 February 1955.[2]

East Coast operations[edit]

Between 7 January 1955 and 16 January 1957, Falcon was based at Charleston, South Carolina, for minesweeping exercises, amphibious operations, and mine warfare development activities along the east coast and in the Caribbean. Little Creek, the amphibious base in the Norfolk, Virginia, naval complex, was her home port for similar operations until 12 February 1959, when she sailed for Rodman, Canal Zone. During 1960, she sailed out of Rodman for operations on both sides of the Panama Canal, and visits to Central American islands and ports.[2]

Transfer to Indonesia[edit]

In 1971, Falcon was transferred to Indonesia and renamed Pulau Aru (M-722. She was struck from the US Naval Register on 1 May 1976, and disposed for scrap through the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service 1 September 1976.[1]




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