US Minesweepers

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Minesweepers of the United States Navy.  Photographs and history of the minesweepers of the United States Navy.  US Minesweepers began with the Bird Class minesweeper which was very similar to a large fleet tug.  US Minesweepers were also used for anti-submarine warfare during World War Two.  During World War One, the US Navy built two classes of Anti submarine warfare craft, the Eagle boats and their replacements, the B Boats.  The major development in mine warfare was the acoustic or magnetic mine.  Both required an increase in electrical power for specialised minesweeping devices so all minesweepers required more powerful generators.   This page also includes all other mine warfare vessels.

MCM14 USS Cheif at Malta, April 2003.

Avenger Class Ocean Minesweeper, commissioned November 1994.  In service 2004.

Photographed by Patrick D'Agostino. Copyright Cranston Fine Arts.  A reproduction of this original photo  size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  . Order Code  PD295

USS Sentry at Malta, April 2003.

Photographed by Patrick D'Agostino. Copyright Cranston Fine Arts.  A reproduction of this original photo  size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  . Order Code  PD1404

MCM3 USS Sentry.

From the collection of Patrick D'Agostino. No Reproductions Available.    PDX188

MCM3 USS Sentry.

Avenger Class Minesweeper, launched 2nd September 1989.

From the collection of Patrick D'Agostino. No Reproductions Available.    PDX186

MCM3 USS Sentry at Malta, April 2003.

Photographed by Patrick D'Agostino. Copyright Cranston Fine Arts.  A reproduction of this original photo  size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  . Order Code  PD821

MCM2 USS Defender.

From the collection of Patrick D'Agostino. No Reproductions Available.    PDX187

MCM2 USS Defender.

Avenger Class Minesweeper, launched 30th September 1989.

From the collection of Patrick D'Agostino. No Reproductions Available.    PDX185

MCM6 USS Devastator at Malta, April 2003.

Photographed by Patrick D'Agostino. Copyright Cranston Fine Arts.  A reproduction of this original photo  size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  . Order Code  PD816

MCM6 USS Devastator at Malta, April 2003.

Photographed by Patrick D'Agostino. Copyright Cranston Fine Arts.  A reproduction of this original photo  size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  . Order Code  PD817

MCM6 USS Devastator.

Avenger Class Minesweeper, launched 6th October 1990.

From the collection of Patrick D'Agostino. No Reproductions Available.    PDX189

MCM6 USS Devastator.

From the collection of Patrick D'Agostino. No Reproductions Available.    PDX190

MCM8 USS Scout at Malta, April 2003.

Photographed by Patrick D'Agostino. Copyright Cranston Fine Arts.  A reproduction of this original photo  size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  . Order Code  PD736

MCM8 USS Scout at Malta, April 2003.

Photographed by Patrick D'Agostino. Copyright Cranston Fine Arts.  A reproduction of this original photo  size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  . Order Code  PD737

CM5 USS Terror - Minelayer.  24th August 1942

Order code CM5

One copy only of original 1940's printed photo plate, 10" x 8" available, price ?15.  Please note image shown has been cropped for website purpose and more sky and sea and text is shown on the photo plate.   Please add post of  ?3 post for UK ?10 overseas, recorded airmail order photograph here

US Sailors preparing to lay mines