Allied Warships

USS Surfbird (AM 383)

Minesweeper of the Auk class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantAM 383 
Built byAmerican Shipbuilding Co. (Lorain, Ohio, U.S.A.) 
Ordered3 Aug 1943 
Laid down15 Feb 1944 
Launched31 Aug 1944 
Commissioned25 Nov 1944 
End service18 Dec 1970 

Decommissioned 5 June 1946 at San Diego California
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
Recommissioned 14 March 1952 at San Diego, California
Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel-hulled) MSF-384 on 7 February 1955
Reclassified as a Degaussing Ship ADG-383 on 15 June 1957
Decommissioned 18 December 1970 at Bremerton, Washington
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
Struck from the Naval Register 21 February 1975
Transferred to Marad in 1976 for disposal
Sold by Marad into mercantile service 1 December 1975
Renamed Helenka B.

For more on Surfbird see this website (offsite link).


Commands listed for USS Surfbird (AM 383)

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1Lt. Raymond Henry Nelson, Jr., USN25 Nov 19446 Nov 1945 (1)

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