Category Archives: USS Epping Forest

Mine Division – 33 – Homeported in Sasebo, Japan 1958 – 1966

Since the Korean War when the Boat Division of COMinRon Three was formed in Sasebo, Japan in 1950 this Division started with two 40′ motor launches from the USS Boxer, and a fourteen 36′ LCVP’s delivered to the Chinnampo sweep by the USS … Continue reading

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Life in Base Town Sasebo

As you can tell from the title, this article was a chapter from a book written by a Japanese author Tetsuo Maeda, and translated into English, by a Japanese speaker. The book is titled The Hidden Army: The Untold Story … Continue reading

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Little Sweeps Clear Way For Big Ships – All Hands Magazine – November 1952

Little Sweeps Clear Way For Big Ships W.J Miller QMC USN, a writer for the USN All Hands Magazine wrote a nice 6 page story on the AMS minesweepers (136″) and the CoMinRon 3 Boat Division sweepers (36′) - Which were later … Continue reading

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Men Of The Mine Sweepers – Nov 10,1951 – Colliers Magazine

“Men Of The Mine Sweepers Colliers 1951 Charlotte Knight, Colliers War Correspondent, produced a nice article (attached) on AMS operations of COMINDIV Three in Korea during a fall 1951 visit to these minesweepers. These were primarily YMS designs of WWII that … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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