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USS DIRECT (MSO-430) - an Agile-class minesweeper

In Commission 1954 to 1982

MSO-430 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
FEB 1952 - Keel Date: 2 FEB 1952
at Hiltebrant Dry Dock Co. Kingston New York
MAY 1953 - Launch Date: 27 MAY 1953
JUL 1954 - Commissioned: 9 JUL 1954
APR 1959 - AUG 1959 Mediterranean
AUG 1961 - Shellback Initiation - 18 AUG 1961 - Atlantic Ocean
SEP 1962 - OCT 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
OCT 1962 - MAR 1963 Mediterranean
NOV 1966 - APR 1967 Mediterranean
OCT 1982 - Decommissioned: 2 OCT 1982

MSO-430 General Specifications

Class: Agile-class minesweeper

Complement: 74 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 620 tons

Length: 172 feet

Beam: 36 feet

Draft: 10 feet

Final Disposition: Sold for scrap 26 January 1984


The second Direct (AM-430) was launched 27 May 1953 by Hiltebrant Dry Dock Co., Kingston, N.Y.; sponsored by Mrs. D. C. Hiltebrant; and commissioned 9 July 1954, Lieutenant Commander B. H. Dean in command. She was reclassified MSO-430 on 7 February 1955.

Based at Charleston, S.C., Direct operated on mine-sweeping exercises and training with other ships. She also provided services to the Fleet Sonar School at Key West, Naval Mine Defense Laboratory at Panama City, and Mine Warfare School at Yorktown. From 1 May to 2 October 1957 she cruised to the Mediterranean for duty with the 6th Fleet. On 14 April 1958 her home port was changed to Yorktown, Va., and on 15 January 1959 to Little Creek, Va. Between 27 April and 27 August 1959 she served again in the Mediterranean, then served in amphibious exercises and other operations through 1962.

[Note: The above USS DIRECT (MSO-430) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS DIRECT (MSO-430), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]