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USS ESTEEM (MSO-438) - an Aggressive class minesweeper

In Commission 1955 to 1991

MSO-438 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
SEP 1952 - Keel Date: 1 SEP 1952
at Martinolich Shipbuilding Co. San Diego CA
DEC 1952 - Launch Date: 20 DEC 1952
SEP 1955 - Commissioned: 10 SEP 1955
JAN 1973 - AUG 1973 Operation End Sweep
JUL 1986 - DEC 1987 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG 1987 - FEB 1989 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP 1991 - Decommissioned: 20 SEP 1991

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


The first Esteem (AM-438) was launched 20 December 1952 by Martinolich Shipbuilding Co. San Diego 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 Calif. 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 Thailand 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]