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Surfbird (ADG 383) Class: Photographs

These photographs were selected to show the original configuration of this class and major subsequent modifications. For more views see the former NHHC (now Hyperwar) Online Library of Selected Images and the NavSource Photo Archive.

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USS Surfbird (AM 383)

After recommissioning in 1952 and before being selected at the end of 1956 for conversion to a degaussing ship to replace AMPERE (ADG 11) at Sasebo, Japan. She was reclassified MSF 383 on 7 February 1955.

Photo No. USN 1045951
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (L-file)

  USS Surfbird (AM 383)
USS Surfbird (ADG 383)

After being fitted with degaussing gear on her port side, here stowed vertically against the superstructure.

Photo No. BUSHIPS 175348, NAID 6927506
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-19-NN, negatives)

  USS Surfbird (ADG 383)
USS Surfbird (ADG 383)

With degaussing gear rigged above her port side.

Photo No. Unknown
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (L-file)

  USS Surfbird (ADG 383)
USS Surfbird (ADG 383)

In a Japanese port with degaussing gear deployed over her port side.

Photo No. Unknown
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (L-file)

  USS Surfbird (ADG 383)
USS Surfbird (ADG 383)

In a photo received in Washington, D.C., in August 1967. She had no degaussing gear on her starboard side.

Photo No. K-40156
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (L-file)

  USS Surfbird (ADG 383) before August 1967