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Serene (MSF 300)

Call sign:
November - Quebec - Romeo - Juliet

Serene served the Navies of the United States and South Vietnam

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 8 August 1943 by the Winslow Marine Railway and Shipbuilding Co., Winslow, WA
  • Launched 31 October 1943
  • Commissioned USS Serene (AM 300), 24 June 1944
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as December 1945
  • Decommissioned 19 July 1946 at Orange, TX
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-300, 7 February 1955
  • Transferred to South Vietnam 24 January 1964 and renamed RVN Nhut Tao (HQ 10)
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 August 1964
  • Nhut Tao took part in the battle over ownership of the Paracel Islands between the Republic of South Vietnam and the People's Republic of China. On 19 January 1974 Nhut Tao was hit by a
    surface-to-surface missile and sank.


  • Displacement 945 t.(fl)
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9' 9"
  • Speed 14.8 kts.
  • Complement 104
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount, one twin 40mm gun mount, six 20mm gun mounts, one depth charge projector (hedgehog), four depth charge projectors (K-guns) and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,710shp Cooper Bessemer GSB-8 diesel engines, National Supply Co. single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    USS Serene (AM 300)
    Serene 173k Wearing camouflage 32/21D on an unidentified date, probably in Puget Sound, WA. The colors are dull black and light gray
    National Archives photo 19-LCM-AM300-1
    Ships of the U.S. Navy in WWII “Dazzle” Camouflage
    RVN Nhut Tao (HQ 10)
    Serene 62k Nhut Tao (HQ 10)
    Serene 38k Photo from VNN Coastal Group 16 website Robert Hurst
    Serene 43k Tommy Trampp
    Serene 124k Models of Nhut Tao and RVN Hoang Sa (HQ 616), ex-PGM-82
    Photo by D. T. Vu from VNAF Model Aircraft Club (MAC) The Sixth Exhibition War Materiel of the Republic of Viet Nam and Her Allies at Van Lang

    Commanding Officers
    01LT James Edward Calloway, USN24 June 1944 - 19 July 1946
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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