The first Barbet (AMc 38) was laid down on 31 January 1941 at Ipswich, Mass., by W. A. Robinson, Inc.; launched on 24 July 1941; sponsored by Mrs. E. Robinson; and commissioned on 29 September 1941, Ens. Stuart T. Hotchkiss, USNR, in command.
Barbet departed Boston, Mass., on 4 October and arrived at the Naval Mine Warfare School, Yorktown, Va., on the 6th. From there, she moved to the Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Va., for additional outfitting. On 4 December, the minesweeper was assigned to Mine Division (MinDiv) 27 and was based at the Section Base, New London, Conn. Following the 7 December attack on Pearl Harbor, she began daily patrols along the New England coast. That assignment lasted until mid February 1942. On the 16th, she received word that she would be transferred to the Panama Canal Zone. First, however, Barbet had to undergo an availability at the Marine Basin Co., Gravesend, N.Y., to correct damage incurred in a collision with an Eagle boat at Newport, R.I. The repairs were completed midway through March, and the coastal minesweeper departed Gravesend bound for the Canal Zone.
After stops at Charleston, S.C.; Miami, Fla.; and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, she arrived in Coco Solo on 9 April 1942 and began operations with the Inshore Patrol, 15th Naval District. On 5 May, she transited the canal and joined the Pacific Section, Inshore Patrol. She conducted two ship minesweeping operations and patrolled the sea channels. On 16 May 1942, Barbet was decommissioned and placed "in service." Her duties, however, remained the same and continued throughout the remainder of World War II. Following the end of the war, Barbet was ordered to Charleston for disposal by the Commandant, 6th Naval District. The coastal minesweeper arrived in Charleston on 22 October 1945. She was placed out of service at Charleston on 8 February 1946, and her name was struck from the Navy list on 26 February 1946. She was sold by the Maritime Commission at Washington, D.C., on 13 August 1947.
See also Barbet-II.