"Mines have damaged or sunk more ships than all other weapons combined." This quote from FAS The Military Analysis Network expresses the importance of this critical area of naval warfare. Mine warfare has been a part U.S. naval strategy from the days of Admiral David Farragut's bold advance into the entrance of Mobile Bay during the Civil War - "Damn the torpedoes!(mines) Full speed ahead!" From the mining of the North Sea in WW I, Japanese harbors in WW II, Wonson during the Korean Conflict, and Haiphong harbor in Vietnam, to the damage sustained by the USS Princeton and USS Tripoli during the first Gulf War, mining and mine countermeasures have been an integral part of the battle for control of the sea.
The U.S. Navy has acquired a variety of ship types for these purposes over the years. George Bieda has drawing virtually all of them! A variety of the classes of ships either converted from other ship types or designed and built specifically for this task are offered here. As you scroll down this page, you will find the newer classes first, then those from the past. If you don't see your ship listed here, give us a call, as there is a good chance we can produce a drawing for you! BROWSE AND ENJOY!
A neglected component of the US Fleet for decades, the first Gulf War revealed a new need for ships capable of both laying mines and detecting/destroying enemy mines.
Mine Warfare Ship Profile Drawings by George Bieda
Show here is the USS Cardinal MHC 60, of the new Osprey Class. These coastal minehunters have plastic hulls reinforced with glass, and are designed solely for mine hunting. Nobody can clear a harbor faster than these crews! Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here. Be sure to select a specific ship and print options when ordering!
Depicted here is the USS Guardian MCM 5, one of the Avenger Class minesweepers. These mine countermeasures ships were the first large minesweepers under construction for the US Navy since the 1950s. Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here. Please specify your desired ship and print options when ordering.
Several classes of Ocean Minesweepers were built by the U.S. Navy during the 1950's, a number of which were supplied for use by other nations. The following classes can be found in the drop-down list - Agile, Aggressive, Dash, and Acme and Ability. An example of of each class is shown below. Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here. Be sure to select your ship and print options when ordering!
During World War II, the Navy found need for a high-speed oceangoing minesweeper. To fill this requirement, a number of older fleet destroyers, and some built during WW II were converted for this use. The ships were modified to carry minesweeping gear by extending the stern in some cases, and by removing the aft turrets in others. Wickes Class destroyers were converted to Dorsey Class Destroyer Minesweepers, Clemson Class destroyers became Chandler Class DM's, and Benson Class destroyers were modified as Ellyson Class DM's. All three classes were designated as DMS. Many were re-designated as destroyers later in the war and afterward. The image on the right is of the USS Knight DMS 40 as she appeared in 1945. Drawings of all of the Destroyer Minesweepers are available in the drop-down list below. Pick out your ship, your print options, and don't forget to add personalization that will make your drawing really unique!
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