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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.

    Redwing Class Motor Minesweeper
    Laid down 1 July 1953 - Launched 29 April 1954

    Commissioned 7 January 1955

    Reclassified a Coastal Minesweeper (MSC) 7 February 1955
    Decommissioned 16 June 1959

    Struck from the Navy Register 18 June 1959

  3. SIL M-29
    Transferred to Spain & renamed

  4. SIL PVZ-55
    Reclassified in the late 1970s as Patrol Craft (PVZ)

  5. SIL M-27
    Reclassified back to a Minesweeper M-27 1982

    Struck from the Spanish Navy list 25 September 2002
    Retired from the Spanish Navy 15 April 2003
    Fate unknown.

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 Redwing MSC-200 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


Machine Postmark

Jacksonville, FL


The ship had been reclassified to MSC-200 the previous year, but the ship's return address stamp still showed its former designation. The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - A northern European songbird, the smallest of the thrushes, with an orange-red patch on the underside of the wings.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Courtney W. Campbell, wife of US Representative Campbell of Florida.

Three ships of the US Navy have borne the name REDWING - USS Redwing ARS-4, USS Redwing MSC-200 and Redwing YTB-783.



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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