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Flicker I (AM-70)

(AM-70: dp. 510; l. 147'6"; b. 25'; dr. 12'; s. 13 k.; a. 1 3")

A woodpecker of eastern North America.


The first Flicker (AM-70) was built in 1937 by Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, as Delaware; acquired by the Navy 9 August 1940; and commissioned 26 October 1940, Lieutenant H. K. Hall in command. She was reclassified IX-165 on 11 April 1944.

After training off Norfolk, Flicker carried out sweeping operations off Bermuda from May 1941 through December, then returned to Norfolk for mine-sweeping in the Virginia Capes. On 19 September 1942, she arrived at Recife, Brazil, where she served as harbor entrance guard ship and swept mines until 7 January 1943. Her base from that time to 11 July was Bahia, Brazil, and after operations at Rio de Janeiro, she returned to Bahia 21 November, to serve there until 8 February 1944. Flicker arrive at Norfolk 6 March, and after repairs, sailed for Argentia, Newfoundland, arriving 1 June. She carried cargo to ports in Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland, once sailing south to reload at Boston, and patrolled off Argentia, until returning to Boston 11 November. She was decommissioned 3 January 1945, and transferred to the Maritime Commission 31 March 1945.

Published: Wed Jul 08 12:38:10 EDT 2015