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USS Condor (AMS-5)

For other ships of the same name, see USS Condor.
San Francisco Bay after World War II, c. April 1946. The minesweeper was later renamed Condor (AMS-5).
Career (United States)
Name: USS YMS-192
Builder: Greenport Basin and Construction Co.
Greenport, New York
Laid down: 30 September 1942
Launched: 5 December 1942
Completed: 13 June 1943
Commissioned: 13 June 1943
Decommissioned: May 1946
Renamed: USS Condor (AMS-5), 18 February 1947
Namesake: the condor bird
Recommissioned: November 1950
Reclassified: MSC(O)-5, 7 February 1955
Fate: Transferred to Japan, March 1955
Acquired: returned from Japan, early 1967
Struck: 31 March 1967
Fate: Sunk as a target, August 1968
Career (Japan)
Name: JDS Ujishima (MSC-655)
Acquired: March 1955
Fate: Returned to U.S., early 1967
General characteristics
Class & type: YMS-135 subclass of YMS-1-class minesweepers
Displacement: 270 tons
Length: 136 ft (41 m)
Beam: 24 ft 6 in (7.47 m)
Draft: 8 ft (2.4 m)
Propulsion: 2 × 880 bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines
2 shafts
Speed: 15 kts
Complement: 32
Armament: 1 × 3"/50 caliber dual purpose gun mount
2 × 20 mm guns
2 × depth charge projectors

USS Condor (MSC(O)-5/AMS-5/YMS-192) was a YMS-1-class minesweeper of the YMS-135 subclass built for the United States Navy during World War II. She was the second U.S. Navy ship named for the condor.


Condor was laid down as YMS-192 on 30 September 1942 by the Greenport Basin and Construction Co. of Greenport, Long Island, New York; launched, 5 December 1942; completed and commissioned USS YMS-192, 13 June 1943.

YMS-192 served along the U.S. East Coast and in the Caribbean until the Atlantic War ended in May 1945. Sent to the Pacific, she took part in post-war mine clearance operations off Japan. YMS-192 returned to the U.S. in April 1946 and was decommissioned in May. While laid up in reserve at San Diego, California, she was reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper, AMS-5 and named USS Condor 18 February 1947.

Recommissioned for Korean War service in November 1950, Condor deployed to the combat zone in March 1951. She provided minesweeping and patrol services off Korea and Japan to the end of the conflict in July 1953 and continued her activities in that area during the following years.

Condor was reclassified as coastal minesweeper MSC(O)-5 on 7 February 1955. Condor was loaned to Japan a month later. She was renamed JDS Ujishima (MSC-655) during her service with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force.

Condor was returned to the U.S. Navy in early 1967, and struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 31 March 1967. The veteran minesweeper was sunk as a target August 1968.


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External links

  • Photo gallery of Condor at NavSource Naval History

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