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USS EXULTANT (MSO-441) - an Aggressive-class minesweeper

In Commission 1954 to 1993

MSO-441 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAY 1952 - Keel Date: 22 MAY 1952
at Higgins Inc. New Orleans Louisiana
JUN 1953 - Launch Date: 6 JUN 1953
JUN 1954 - Commissioned: 22 JUN 1954
JUL 1955 - JAN 1956 Mediterranean
JAN 1963 - JUN 1963 Mediterranean
OCT 1964 - FEB 1965 Caribbean
APR 1965 - MAY 1965 new york city
SEP 1967 - FEB 1968 Mediterranean
MAR 1971 - SEP 1971 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
JUN 1983 - OCT 1983 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
JAN 1990 - MAR 1992 Desert Storm
JUN 1993 - Decommissioned: 30 JUN 1993

MSO-441 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 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 EXULTANT (MSO-441) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS EXULTANT (MSO-441), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]