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
USS EXCEL (MSO-439)
The second Excel (AM-439) was launched 25 September 1953 by Higgins Corp.
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
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]