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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 May 3 1954 as AMS 208 - Launched October 15 1954
    Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper MSC 208 February 7 1955

  2. Commissioned November 16 1955 - Decommissioned October 10 1969

  3. WIDGEON MSC-208
  4. Placed in service as a Naval Reserve Training Ship October 10 1969
    Placed out of service July 2 1973

    Struck from the Navy Register July 2 1973
    Scrapped in June 1974


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. Covers Page 1     (1962)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type 7#

Branch 17000

Sasebo, Japan





Other Information

USS WIDGEON earned six Campaign stars for her Vietnam service and a Meritorious Unit Commendation.
NAMESAKE - A fresh water duck.
Two Ships of the US Navy have been named WIDGEON - USS Widgeon ASR 1 and USS Widgeon MSC 208.



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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