Welcome to the Naval Minewarfare Association

Before the war correspondents cameras, before the fleet,

Naval Minewarfare Ships are silently clearing or mining enemy waters.

Where The Fleet Goes We’ve Been!

We Had a Great NMA Reunion in San Antonio Texas


We Are Going to Do It Again in San Diego California

Where Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) is Based

NMA Convention Sunday, May 1-May 6  2016 San Diego California

For more on the Reunion Cleck Here Convention Directory

San Diego California


Our convention is to be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at a group rate of course!

Although the San Diego Naval Training Center


(NTC), where so many of us took Boot Camp is no longer a US Navy Base;


Much of the facilities are still there. It is now 28 acres of beautifully renovated Spanish Revival architecture.


NTC is a new landmark showcasing San Diego’s creative community.


Many of the barracks and administrative buildings


are now museums, commercial culture centers, offices, retail stores, Restaurants, etc. 













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Silent Defenders

We Had a Great Reunion in San Antonio Texas

What Went On During the 2015 NMA Convention

NMA Membership Has its Privileges!

Yearly Reunions

The Silent Defenders

This historic Semi-Annual publication is worth the membership alone!

The Memorial Service

Want to See What Went On During the 2014 NMA Convention?

Click On The Lobster


 Want to See What Went On During the 2013 NMA Convention? Click On The Gateway Arch.

For The Flag and Memorial Service Click On The Sailor.


Brief History of the Naval Minewarfare Association


Our Mission

The Naval Minewarfare Association was founded on December 5, 1982, in San Antonio, Texas, during the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association convention. Sixty-six sailors from 14 of the 24 minecraft at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, held their own mini-reunion for the purpose of establishing a minecraft organization that would hold its own reunions and stay in touch through a "newsletter." Before the meeting was over the group adopted the recommendation that the new group should encompass the entire spectrum of naval mine warfare and its personnel and not just the seagoing members of the naval mine warfare community. Many of the charter members were from the Oglala (CM 4), flagship of Mine Squadron One, which was damaged and sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The other ships represented at this reunion were the Breese, Boggs, Gamble, Montgomery, Perry, Preble, Pruitt, Rail, Ramsay, Tracy, Trover, Wasmuth, and Zane.

The NMA is a nationally recognized organization that today has about 548 active members. Our membership consists of those men who served, or now serve, on one or more of the more than 700 ships and stations relating to mine warfare during the time frame of World War II and up to the present. They share one trait - they served, or now serve, their nation through some connection with sea mines. We welcome to membership all U.S. Navy and other Armed Forces members who served, or are now serving, in some facet of mine warfare utilizing naval mines. An Associate Membership is also offered to the families of our shipmates and to those persons with an interest in naval mine warfare.

The NMA publishes a semiannual newsletter -
The Silent Defenders; which in part keeps members updated on convention plans. Our annual convention is held in a different part of the continental U.S. Conventions began in 1983. For example, we met at Fort Mitchell in Northern Kentucky in 1998; San Antonio, TX, in 1999; San Jose, CA, in 2000; Buffalo, NY, in 2001; Denver, CO, in 2002; San Diego, CA, in 2003; Mobile, AL, in 2004; St Louis, MO, in 2005; Seattle, WA, in 2006; Chattanooga, TN, in 2007; 2008-Branson, MO; 2009-Cruise on SS Glory; 2010-Quincy, MA; 2011-Tempe; AZ; 2012-Myrtle Beach; SC: 2013-St. Louis, MO; 2014-Portland, ME; 2014 San Antonio Texas

The NMA thus represents a special group minecraft sailors may join. Even though our DMs and DMSs had been converted from destroyers, their crews did not consider themselves to be Tin-Can sailors. The many AM, YMS, AMc, AMS, and MSO sailors also had nothing to join, and the small size of all crews compounded the problem of getting together for a reunion of the kind we now enjoy as members of the Naval Minewarfare Association. (Updated July 10, 2015).

Additional information may be obtained by contacting Rick Richard USSPirate@aol.com

A SPECIAL NOTICE: The Naval Minewarfare Association is a nonprofit organization supported entirely by membership dues and donations from


 members and nonmembers. Please make all donation checks payable to the NMA and mail direct to:

Mr. Ronald Swensen,

3762 Cooper Road

Cincinnati, OH 45241-3325.

Below is a copy of the painting of the USS Pirate AM275 "Hidden Death at Wonsan" by Richard DeRosset


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