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USS FEARLESS (MSO-442) - an Aggressive-class minesweeper

In Commission 1954 to 1990

MSO-442 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JUL 1952 - Keel Date: 23 JUL 1952
at Higgins Industries New Orleans Louisiana
JUL 1953 - Launch Date: 17 JUL 1953
SEP 1954 - Commissioned: 22 SEP 1954
JUL 1971 - OCT 1971 Mediterranean
JAN 1974 - DEC 1974 Caribbean
JAN 1983 - JAN 1985 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAY 1983 - OCT 1983 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
OCT 1990 - Decommissioned: 23 OCT 1990

MSO-442 General Specifications

Class: Aggressive-class minesweeper

Complement: 7 Officers and 70 Enlisted

Displacement: 853 tons

Length: 172 feet

Beam: 35 feet

Draft: 10 feet

Final Disposition: Sold for scrap 1 December 1992


The third Fearless (AM-442) was launched 17 July 1953 by Higgins, Inc., New Orleans, La.; sponsored by Mrs. A. J. Higgins, Jr.; and commissioned 22 September 1954, Lieutenant J. Roberts in command, reclassified MSO-442 on 7 February 1942.

With Charleston, S.C., as her home port, Fearless operated through 1960 on training operations, experiments and tests, and in exercises along the coast and in the Caribbean. Every other year from 1955 she sailed to the Mediterranean for duty with the 6th Fleet, joining in NATO exercises and visiting European ports. In the spring of 1956, she conducted joint exercises with ships of the Royal Canadian Navy, and through that summer experimented with controllable pitch propellers and mine-counter measures equipment at Charleston and Port Everglades, Fla.

[Note: The above USS FEARLESS (MSO-442) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS FEARLESS (MSO-442), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]