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USS ENERGY (MSO-436) - an Aggressive class minesweeper

In Commission 1954 to 1977

MSO-436 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAR 1952 - Keel Date: 3 MAR 1952
FEB 1953 - Launch Date: 13 FEB 1953
JUL 1954 - Commissioned: 16 JUL 1954
JUL 1962 - FEB 1963 West Pac
MAY 1964 - OCT 1965 Golden Dragon initiation 6 June 1964
MAY 1964 - OCT 1964 West Pac
MAY 1964 - OCT 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1964 - Shellback Initiation - 6 JUN 1964 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1965 - JAN 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1966 - JAN 1967 West Pac
JAN 1966 - DEC 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
APR 1966 - MAR 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1966 - MAY 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT 1967 - APR 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1970 - AUG 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1977 - Decommissioned: 5 JUL 1977

MSO-436 General Specifications

Class: Aggressive-class minesweeper

Complement: 74 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 620 tons

Length: 172 feet

Beam: 36 feet

Draft: 10 feet

Final Disposition: Sold for scrapping 8 July 1977


The second Energy (AM-436) was launched 13 February 1953 by J. M. Martinac Shipbuilding Co., Tacoma, Wash.; sponsored by Mrs. A. M. Baughman; and commissioned 16 July 1954, Lieutenant Commander F. H. Sonntag in command. She was reclassified MSO-436, 7 February 1955.

Energy arrived at Long Beach, her home port, 3 August 1954, and began training along the west coast with the ships of her division. On 4 January 1956, she sailed for her first tour of duty in the western Pacific, taking part in a large-scale exercise off Iwo Jima, and training with ships of the Republic of Korea and China. Returning to her home port 15 June, she cruised along the west coast during the next year, conducting sonar tests and serving as a schoolship for officers of the Thailand navy.

During her second deployment to the Far East, from 2 June 1958 to 6 January 1959, Energy stood by at Taiwan during the crisis brought on by renewed Communist shelling of Quemoy and Matsu, and again exercised with Chinese minesweepers. Specialized mine warfare exercises and general training with the fleet, along with visits to various west ports, were conducted through the summer of 1960. For the remainder of the year Energy served with the 7th Fleet in Far East waters.

[Note: The above USS ENERGY (MSO-436) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS ENERGY (MSO-436), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]