Hawk-class minesweeper

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Class overview
Operators:  United States Navy
Preceded by: USS Eagle (AM-132)
Succeeded by: Admirable-class minesweeper
Built: 1937
In commission: 1942–1944
Completed: 3
General characteristics
Type: Minesweeper
Displacement: 500–590 long tons (508–599 t)
  • 147 ft (45 m) (Hawk & Ibis)
  • 133 ft (41 m) (Merganser)
Beam: 26 ft (7.9 m)
Draft: 13 ft (4.0 m)
Propulsion: Cooper Bessemer diesel engine, one shaft, 650 shp (485 kW)
Speed: 10–12 knots (19–22 km/h)
  • 2 × 6-pounder guns
  • 2 × .50 caliber machine guns
  • 2 × depth charge projectors

The Hawk-class were a minesweeper class of the United States Navy during World War II.

All three vessels were originally fishing trawlers acquired by requisition purchase from the General Sea Foods Corp. of Boston. They patrolled off the New England coast from 1942, until they were decommissioned in 1944.



This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.