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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
    Keel Laid 14 September 1953 as AMS-205
    Launched 30 April 1954
    Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (MSC) 7 February 1955

  1. USS VIREO MSC-205
    Commissioned 7 June 1955 - Decommissioned 1 October 1970

  2. VIREO MSC-205
    Placed in service as a Naval Reserve Training Ship at Seattle, WA
    Placed out of service 1 April 1975

    Struck from the Naval Register 1 July 1975

  3. HMFS KULA MSC 205
    Transferred 1 October 1975 to the Republic of Fiji and renamed
    Discarded in 1985.

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 Vireo MSC-205 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

USS Lyman K. Swenson
DD 729




Other Information

USS VIREO earned the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - The vireos make up a family, Vireonidae, of small to medium-sized passerine birds found in the New World (Canada to Argentina, including the West Indies) and Southeast Asia, "Vireo" is a Latin word referring to a green migratory bird, perhaps the female golden oriole, possibly the European greenfinch.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name VIREO - USS Vireo ATO-144 and USS Vireo MSC-205.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Arvin E. Olsen.



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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