From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


A small brightly colored bird of the lory or brush-tongued parrot family found in Australia and New Guinea.

(YMS-271: dp. 215; l. 136'; b. 24'6"; dr. 8'; s. 13 k.; cpl. 50; a. 1 3", 2 20mm., 2 dct, 2 dep., cl. YMS-135)

Lorikeet (AMS-49) was laid down as YMS-271 by Bellingham Marine Railway & Boatbuilding Co., Bellingham, Wash., 3 July 1942; launched 17 October; and commissioned 21 April 1943, Lt. Charles E. Scherneck in command from 17 May.

Upon completion of shakedown, YMS-271 departed Seattle 21 August 1943 to undergo intensive antisubmarine warfare training out of San Diego. Two months later she was underway for the Solomon Islands via Samoa and New Caledonia. Arriving 5 November. YMS-271 operated as screening and escort vessel in the Solomons until 21 July 1944.

The tide of war having surged northward, she steamed next to Fiji Islands to sweep American mines from the area. Slightly damaged 8 October while taking a winddriven, rudderless New Zealand corvette under tow, she repaired at Auckland, New Zealand, then resumed sweeping duties first around Noumea, New Caledonia, and later Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides.

Withdrawn for the impending Okinawa Guam Invasion, YMS-271 participated in practice exercises near Tulagi, Solomon Islands, 17 February through 15 March 1945. On the latter date, she sailed as a convoy escort bound for the Ryukyus. While the main invasion force stormed ashore on the western side of Okinawa, this wooden-hulled vessel helped prepare the eastern bays to receive additional forces of ships and men from 2 April to 12 May.

Though 15 percent of all naval casualties during this "Operation Iceberg" were suffered by minecraft, YMS-271 emerged unscratched. Following a brief overhaul at Saipan she returned to resume sweeping of the Kerama Retto Passage before undertaking preinvasion sweeps around Kume Shima. On 4 July operations took her into the East China Sea but immediately following surrender ceremonies they shifted to the passage off Wakayama, Japan. Rotated home 25 February 1946, she proceeded to Boston and decommissioned 19 July 1946.

She began a new career as a Naval Reserve training ship 1 September 1947, when she was placed in service and simultaneously reclassified as AMS-49 and named Lorikeet. She served the reserve training program in the Quincy-Hingham, Mass., area until she recommissioned 17 March 1950, Lt. (j.g.) William J. O'Brien in command

Lorikeet sailed 29 May from Boston for assignment with MinRon 4 based at Charleston, S.C. After a shake down cruise to Guantanamo, Cuba, in July, she engaged in coastal exercises and cruises between Norfolk, Va., and Key West, Fla. Reclassified MSC(O)-49 on 7 February 1955, she participated in the Atlantic Fleet's largest postwar mine warfare exercises to date, operation "LANTMINEX" in the spring of 1955. In late 1956 she shifted her home port to Panama City, Fla.

She departed Panama City for Charleston arriving in late August 1957. She then sailed for New York 3 September where she decommissioned 18 September. Placed in service 30 October 1959, she once again became a Naval Reserve training ship, this time for the 3d Naval District. In January 1961 she provided the basis of training for two reserve crews attached to NRTC Jersey City, N.J. From 1 July 1964 to 3 September 1968, Lorikeet served as flagship for Commander, Naval Reserve Mine Division 31 and was based at Perth Amboy, N.J. Lorikeet was relieved as flagship and Naval Reserve training ship on 3 September by Limpkin (MSC-195). Placed out of service shortly after, she was struck 1 October from the U.S. Naval Vessel Register and is to be scrapped

Lorikeet received three battle stars for World War II service.