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U.S.S. FORTIFY

(MSO-446)

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USS FORTIFY (MSO-446) - an Aggressive class minesweeper

In Commission 1954 to 1992

MSO-446 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
NOV 1951 Keel Date: 30 NOV 1951
at Seattle Shipbuilding and Drydocking Company Seattle W
FEB 1953 Launch Date: 14 FEB 1953
JUL 1954 Commissioned: 16 JUL 1954
MAR 1964 - NOV 1964 West Pac
FEB 1966 - DEC 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1967 - SEP 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV 1967 - JUN 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1971 - JUN 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1982 - AUG 1982 Caribbean
OCT 1984 - JAN 1985 Regular Overhaul
SEP 1986 - MAY 1987 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG 1992 Decommissioned: 31 AUG 1992

MSO-446 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 in 2000



USS FORTIFY (MSO-446)



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 FORTIFY (MSO-446) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS FORTIFY (MSO-446), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]