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USS EXPLOIT (MSO-440) - an Aggressive class minesweeper

In Commission 1954 to 1993

MSO-440 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC 1951 - Keel Date: 28 DEC 1951
at Higgins Inc. New Orleans Louisiana
APR 1953 - Launch Date: 10 APR 1953
MAR 1954 - Commissioned: 31 MAR 1954
MAY 1961 - JUL 1961 Caribbean
JAN 1991 - JUN 1991 Desert Shield
DEC 1993 - Decommissioned: 16 DEC 1993

MSO-440 General Specifications

Class: Aggressive class minesweeper

Complement: 70 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 775 tons

Length: 172 feet

Beam: 36 feet

Draft: 10 feet

Final Disposition: Sold 4 December 2000


The second Exploit (AM-440) was launched 10 April 1953 by Higgins Corp., New Orleans, La.; sponsored by Mrs. R. F. Kennon, wife of the Governor of Louisiana; and commissioned 31 March 1954, Lieutenant Commander E. M. Eakin in command. She was reclassified MSO-440 7 February 1955.

Exploit arrived at Charleston, S.C., her home port, 13 March 1955, and began her participation in major fleet exercises, and local and Caribbean training. In 1954, 1957, and 1958, she served with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean, participating in exercises and visiting a variety of ports. Her stateside schedule through June 1960 included work in experimental development of mine warfare and defense in Florida waters.

On 28 October 1960 Exploit again sailed for duty with the 6th Fleet and remained there through the end of the year.

[Note: The above USS EXPLOIT (MSO-440) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS EXPLOIT (MSO-440), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]