USS Flamingo (AMS-11)

USS Flamingo (MSC(O)-11/AMS-11/YMS-238) was a YMS-1-class minesweeper of the YMS-135 subclass built for the United States Navy during World War II. She was the third U.S. Navy ship to be named for the flamingo.

United States
Name: USS YMS-238
Laid down: 11 May 1942
Launched: 12 September 1942
Acquired: 23 November 1942
Commissioned: 23 November 1942
Renamed: USS Flamingo (AMS-11), 18 February 1947
Namesake: the flamingo bird
Reclassified: MSC(O)-11, 7 February 1955
Struck: 1 November 1959
Fate: Unknown
General characteristics
Displacement: 270 tons
Length: 136 ft (41 m)
Beam: 24 ft 6 in (7.47 m)
Draft: 8 ft (2.4 m)
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: 32


Flamingo was laid down as YMS-238 on 11 May 1942 by Stadium Yacht Basin, Inc. of Cleveland, Ohio; launched, 12 September 1942; completed and commissioned on 23 November 1942.

On 10 November 1944, YMS-238 was damaged when ammunition ship Mount Hood exploded in Seeadler Harbor at Manus Island.[1]

YMS-238 was renamed and reclassified as USS Flamingo (AMS-11) on 18 February 1947. She was further reclassified as MSC(O)-11 on 7 February 1955.

Flamingo was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 November 1959. Her fate is unknown.


  1. "Mount Hood". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. United States Navy. 13 December 2005. Archived from the original on 29 March 2004. Retrieved 28 December 2007.

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