MSO-438 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: Scrapped in 2000
USS ESTEEM (MSO-438)
The first Esteem (AM-438) was launched 20 December 1952 by Martinolich Shipbuilding Co.
Calif.; sponsored by Mrs. C. H. Davis; reclassified MSO-438
7 February 1955 and commissioned 10 September 1955
Lieutenant G. W. Bird in command.
Esteem sailed out of Long Beach
her home port
for training in mine warfare and minesweeping exercises along the west coast until 4 March 1957 when she departed for her first tour of duty with the 7th Fleet in the Far East. Along with visiting Japanese and Korean ports and Hong Kong
she exercised with minecraft of the navies of the Republics of China and Korea
aiding in the training of friendly forces in new techniques.
Returning to Long Beach in September 1957
Esteem resumed her west coast operations for the next year then sailed 6 October 1958 for exercises with the Royal Canadian Navy off Nootka Sound
British Columbia. During the next month
she circumnavigated Vancouver Island
and visited several Canadian ports returning to Long Beach 5 November. During her 1959-60 tour of duty in the Far East
she again exercised with ships of the Chinese Navy
and also visited Bangkok
to train with the Royal Thai navy. On 27 June 1960 she began an overhaul
which continued through most of the remainder of the year.
[Note: The above USS ESTEEM (MSO-438) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS ESTEEM (MSO-438) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]