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USS EXCEL (MSO-439) - an Aggressive class minesweeper

In Commission 1955 to 1992

MSO-439 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
FEB 1953 - Keel Date: 9 FEB 1953
at Higgins Corp. New Orleans Louisiana
SEP 1953 - Launch Date: 25 SEP 1953
FEB 1955 - Commissioned: 24 FEB 1955
MAR 1963 - APR 1964 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1967 - NOV 1967 West Pac
APR 1971 - JUL 1971 West Pac
SEP 1992 - Decommissioned: 30 SEP 1992

MSO-439 General Specifications

Class: Aggressive class minesweeper

Complement: 74 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 775 tons

Length: 172 feet

Beam: 36 feet

Draft: 10 feet

Final Disposition: Sold for scrap 2000


The second Excel (AM-439) was launched 25 September 1953 by Higgins Corp. New Orleans La. sponsored by Mrs. T. G. W. Settle wife of the Commandant 8th Naval District reclassified MSO-439 on 7 February 1955; and commissioned 24 February 1955 Lieutenant R. G. Sipe in command.

Excel arrived at Long Beach her home port 4 June 1955 and began operating along the west coast in training and exercises. In 1956 and again in 1959 she served in the Far East with the 7th Fleet visiting Japan the Philippines Hong Kong Korea and Taiwan and exercising with ships of friendly navies. Through 1960 she continued to sail out of Long Beach for operations and cruises along the west coast.

[Note: The above USS EXCEL (MSO-439) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS EXCEL (MSO-439) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]