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Mine Division 111 Sasebo, Japan taken February 26, 1955

CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE – Again to enlarge More The Sasebo, Japan based mine sweeping boat division began as the COMinRon-3 Boat Division sometime following the outbreak of the Korean War in June 1950. In early 1951 it was commissioned … Continue reading

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The Small Boat Navy – USN Film 1968

JungleRiverSwampNavyVietnamWarOFFICIALFULLUSNavyDocumentary Three minute introduction only. WP limits videos to 32mB This movie, The Small Boat Navy, was sent to me by a shipmate in 2013. It appears to be a very well done documentary, post 1968, regarding Vietnam Naval Coastal Surveillance … Continue reading

Posted in Cua Viet River, Epping Forest Boat Division, Long Tao Shipping Channel, minesweeping, MSB-1, Nha Be, Russian Made Mines, Saigon Port Complex, Size 5 Oropesa, SVN, USMC Base Dong Ha, USS Epping Forest, Vietnam | Leave a comment

Boat Minesweeping Unit – Bizerte, Tunisia – Summer 1944

Six young USN reserve officers and one hundred young sailors gathered at a boat dock in Bizerte, Tunisia in early summer of 1944. They were told they were going to learn to sweep German mines with shallow draft 36′ boats designated as Landing … Continue reading

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Donaldson & Hushion Die at MokPo, Korea April 1952

Mine Sweeping Boat Division ONE was sweeping for moored mines at MokPo, Korea in April 1952. As they swept across the mouth of the MokPo River their gear was caught in the sand, and the strong current flowing from the … Continue reading

Posted in CoMinRon 3, Creighton Franklin "Red" Donldson, Korean War, LCVP, Mine Sweeping Boat Division ONE, minesweeping, MSB-1, Russian Made Mines, USS Cabildo LSD-16, William Christian "Duffy" Hushion | 3 Comments

36′ Mine Sweeping Launch Taiwan Feb 1964

The photo below shows an MSL from Mine Division 33 during Operation Back Pack off Taiwan in February 1964. I was assigned as the second SN on MSL-14 and took this picture with my Brownie Hawkeye from the Stern Deck … Continue reading

Posted in Boeing Gas Turbine, Mine Division 33, Mine Sweeping Launches 36', minesweeping, Operation Back Pack, Semaphore, Taiwan, USS Epping Forest | 1 Comment

IRON MEN IN WOODEN BOATS

Iron Men In Wooden Boats the “History of Small Boat Minesweeping” was something I wanted to document for posterity, so that my shipmates would not be relegated to the “dustbin of history”. In planning my book I have not found … Continue reading

Posted in Boeing Gas Turbine, CoMinRon 3, Creighton Franklin "Red" Donldson, Cua Viet River, Der Tiger der Fjorde, Epping Forest Boat Division, Frank Talarico, Korean War, KpLt Hans Bartels, Kriegsmarine, LCVP, Long Tao Shipping Channel, Mine Division 33, Mine Sweeping Boat Division ONE, Mine Sweeping Launches 36', Minenraummutterschiffe, Minensuchboot M1, minesweeping, MSB-1, Nha Be, Norway WWII, Operation Back Pack, OPNAV NOTICE 1650, Russian Made Mines, Saigon Port Complex, Semaphore, SVN, Taiwan, U-Boat, Unit Awards, USMC Base Dong Ha, USN EOD, USS Cabildo LSD-16, USS Catskill MCS-1, USS Epping Forest, Vietnam, William Christian "Duffy" Hushion | 2 Comments

Der Tiger der Fjorde – WWII Norway

Minesweepers in Combat? Well, one Kriegsmarine minesweeper Kommandant von M1, Kapitanleutnant Hans Bartels earned the nickname “Der Tiger der Fjorde” or “Tiger of the Fiords” in Norway following the German invasion in 1940. His demonstrated his aggressiveness from the first … Continue reading

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The Minesweeping Mother Ship Concept Was Born in WWI

During my research on mine sweeping boats for my book “Iron Men In Wooden Boats, Small Boat Minesweeping in the US Navy 1944-1970″, I discovered several ship configurations in the U.S. Navy used to transport boats converted into minesweepers for … Continue reading

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USN Magnetic Minesweeping in Wonsan, North Korea 1952

USN Magnetic Minesweeping Wonsan North Korea 1952 This video shows Mine Sweeping Boat Division ONE launching Four LCVP Magnetic Minesweepers from the USS Cabildo LSD-16 in April 1952. MSB-1 had a variety of boats, including modified USN Motor Launches (40′ … Continue reading

Posted in CoMinRon 3, Frank Talarico, Korean War, LCVP, Long Tao Shipping Channel, Mine Sweeping Boat Division ONE, minesweeping, MSB-1, Nha Be, Russian Made Mines, Saigon Port Complex, USN EOD, USS Cabildo LSD-16, Vietnam | Leave a comment

Russian Built Mines in Vietnam Rivers

Vietnam saw few “traditional” minefields due to the strength of the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet, and North Vietnam’s lack of a Navy. The Viet Cong acquired one Korean War vintage MKB moored mine (1,200lb) and set it afloat In December 1966 in … Continue reading

Posted in Cua Viet River, Epping Forest Boat Division, Mine Division 33, Mine Sweeping Launches 36', Russian Made Mines, USMC Base Dong Ha, USN EOD, USS Epping Forest, Vietnam | 2 Comments