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USS FIRM (MSO-444) - an Aggressive-class minesweeper

In Commission 1954 to 1972

MSO-444 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
APR 1952 - Keel Date: 16 APR 1952
at J. M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corp. Tacoma Washington
APR 1953 - Launch Date: 15 APR 1953
OCT 1954 - Commissioned: 12 OCT 1954
JAN 1965 - JUL 1966 market time patrol 1965
APR 1965 - AUG 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1969 - FEB 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1972 - Decommissioned: 5 JUL 1972

MSO-444 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: Sold for scrapping 8 July 1977


The second Firm (AM-444) was launched 15 April 1953 by J. M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corp., Tacoma, Wash.; sponsored by Mrs. Joseph S. Martinac; and commissioned 12 October 1954, Lieutenant J. E. Renn in command. She was reclassified MSO-444 on 7 February 1955.

From her home post at Long Beach, headquarters for Mine Force, Pacific Fleet, Firm sailed for training and exercises along the west coast, interrupted during 1955 for her conversion to flagship for Mine Division 94. Between 1 March 1956 and 2 November 1956, and again between 3 November 1958 and 31 May 1959, she served in the Far East with the 7th Fleet, exercising with ships of the Korean, Chinese Nationalist, and Thai navies, as well as visiting a wide number of Oriental ports and taking part in fleet training schedules. Through 1962, she continued her west coast operations out of Long Beach.

[Note: The above USS FIRM (MSO-444) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS FIRM (MSO-444), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]