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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 15 October 1953 as AMS-206
    Launched 18 June 1954
    Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (MSC) 7 February 1955

    Commissioned 26 July 1955 - Decommissioned 1 October 1970

  2. WARBLER MSC-206
    Placed in service as a Naval Reserve Training Ship 1 October 1970
    Placed out of service 1 July 1975

    Struck from the Navy Register 1 July 1975

  3. HMFS KIRO MSC 206
    Sold 14 October 1975 to the Republic of Fiji and renamed
    Decommissioned 10 October 1995

    Deleted from the Fijian Navy list in 1996
    Disposed of by being set on fire

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 Warbler MSC-206 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
17002 Branch
Yokosuka, Japan


The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

USS WARBLER earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 7 Campaign stars and the Vietnam Campaign Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - There are a number of Passeriformes (perching birds) called warblers. They are not necessarily closely related to one another, but share some characteristics, such as being fairly small, vocal, and insectivorous.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name WARBLER - USS Warbler ARS-11 and USS Warbler MSC-206.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. S. A. Blythe.



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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