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USS ENHANCE (MSO-437) - an Aggressive class minesweeper

In Commission 1955 to 1991

MSO-437 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JUL 1952 - Keel Date: 12 JUL 1952
at Martinolich Shipbuilding Co. San Diego CA
OCT 1952 - Launch Date: 11 OCT 1952
APR 1955 - Commissioned: 16 APR 1955
APR 1958 - OCT 1958 West Pac
FEB 1965 - Shellback Initiation - 3 FEB 1965 - Pacific Ocean
APR 1965 - DEC 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR 1968 - APR 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1969 - Shellback Initiation - 18 FEB 1969 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1972 - OCT 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1988 - DEC 1991 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
DEC 1991 - Decommissioned: 31 DEC 1991

MSO-437 General Specifications

Complement: 74 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 620 tons

Length: 172 feet

Beam: 36 feet

Draft: 10 feet

Flank Speed: 16 knots


Enhance (AM-437) was launched 11 October 1952 by Martinolich Shipbuilding Co. San Diego Calif. sponsored by Mrs. A. C. Martinolich; reclassified MSO-437 7 February 1955; and commissioned 16 April 1955 Lieutenant R. P. Green in command.

From her home port Long Beach Calif. Enhance operated along the west coast on training and exercises in mine warfare. She sailed from Long Beach 1 October 1956 for her first tour of duty with the 7th Fleet in the Far East. During that fall's crisis over the Suez Canal Enhance patrolled in the Sea of Japan recording the movement of shipping as part of the intensified alertness required of the Navy during periods of international tension anywhere in the world. She returned to Long Beach 12 April 1957 and resumed her west coast operations.

During her second Far Eastern deployment from 2 April 1959 to 16 October Enhance joined in exercises with minecraft of the navies of the Republics of China and Korea. Returning to west coast operations on 8 January 1960 she rescued four men from an overturned sailboat off Long Beach. In June 1960 she visited Portland Oreg. Enhance spent the remainder of the year conducting type training and under overhaul at San Diego.

[Note: The above USS ENHANCE (MSO-437) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS ENHANCE (MSO-437) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]