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Online Library of Selected Images:
-- U.S. NAVY SHIPS --

USS Staff (AM-114, later MSF-114), 1942-1967

USS Staff, a 890-ton Auk class minesweeper built at Cleveland, Ohio, was commissioned in November 1942. The following April, she arrived in the Western Mediterranean and operated there until 16 July, when she was badly damaged by a mine during the invasion of Sicily. Towed to Norfolk, Virginia, later in the year, Staff's repairs were completed in February 1944. She then went to England until returning to the Mediterranean to take part in the August 1944 Southern France invasion. In November, Staff crossed the Atlantic again and was sent to the Pacific early in 1945. During the rest of World War II, she operated near Hawaii, the Marianas and Okinawa.

After postwar mine clearance duties in Japanese waters, Staff returned to the United States in early 1946 and was decommissioned in January 1947. She recommissioned in January 1952 for service with the Atlantic Fleet. The minesweeper made deployments to Scotland and the Mediterranean in 1952-53. Following another Mediterranean cruise in 1954-55, and redesignation as MSF-114, Staff was inactivated in August 1955. She remained in reserve until sold for scrapping in November 1967.

This page features views of USS Staff and provides information on other pictures that may be available from the National Archives.

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Photo #: 80-G-224598

USS Staff (AM-114)


Underway in the vicinity of Hampton Roads, Virginia, on 22 February 1944, following repair of mine damage received during the Sicily operation on 16 July 1943.
Photograph was taken from a Naval Air Station, Norfolk, plane, flying at 200 feet altitude.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.

Online Image: 115KB; 740 x 615 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system.

 
Photo #: NH 79735

USS Strive (AM-117)
,
USS Sustain (AM-119),
USS Steady (AM-118) and
USS Staff (AM-114) (listed from left to right)

Moored together, circa early 1946, probably at San Pedro or San Diego, California.

Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 91KB; 740 x 450 pixels

 


While the Naval Historical Center has no other views of USS Staff, the National Archives appears to hold additional photographs. The following list features some of these images:

The images listed below are NOT in the Naval Historical Center's collections.
DO NOT try to obtain them using the procedures described in our page "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions.".


  • Photo #: 80-G-224599
    USS Staff (AM-114) underway on 22 February 1944.
    Starboard stern aerial view, taken from a 200-foot altitude by a plane from NAS Norfolk, Virginia.

  • Photo #: 80-G-224603
    USS Staff (AM-114) underway on 22 February 1944.
    Starboard bow aerial view, taken from a 200-foot altitude by a plane from NAS Norfolk, Virginia.

  • Photo #: 428-N-1045449
    USS Staff (AM-114) underway circa 1952-55.
    Port stern aerial view.

  • Photo #: 428-N-1046192
    USS Staff (AM-114) underway circa 1952-55.
    Port bow aerial view.


    Reproductions of these images should be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system for pictures not held by the Naval Historical Center.

     

    The images listed in this box are NOT in the Naval Historical Center's collections. DO NOT try to obtain them using the procedures described in our page "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions.".


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    25 May 1999