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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper
    Keel Laid 5 October 1943 - Launched 15 April 1944

  1. USS YMS-415
    Completed and commissioned 1 October 1944

    Named and reclassified Motor Minesweeper (AMS) 11 March 1947

    Reclassified Coastal Minesweeper, Old (MSC(O) 7 February 1955

    Transferred to Japan 16 April 1955
    Returned to the US Navy in 1967

    Sold for scrap 1 May 1968.

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. USS Chatterer MSC(O)-40 Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type

17000 Branch
Sasebo, Japan


JohnGermann Chatterer AMS40 19540107 1 Front.jpg

As AMS-40


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Any of various passerine birds.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name CHATTERER - USS Chatterer AMc-16 and USS Chatterer MSC(O)-40.



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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