USS INFLICT (MSO-456)
second Inflict (AM456) was launched 16 October 1953 by Wilmington Boat
Works, Inc., Wilmington, Calif.; sponsored by Mrs. Robert E. Carlson; and commissioned 11 May 1954, Lt. G. T.
Ragon in command.
shakedown along the West Coast, Inflict engaged in sonar and minesweeping
exercises until she departed Long
Beach 1 July for the western Pacific. Arriving Yokosuka, Japan 5 August she began operations with the navies of South Korea, Nationalist China, and
Japan, In February 1955 she was reclassified MSO-456. Inflict returned to Long Beach 17 February 1956 and spent
the remainder of the year on training
During 1957 Inflict
continued operations off California and
Mexico, helping to maintain one of America's mighty antisubmarine warfare forces. The minesweeper
sailed 3 January 1958 for duty in the
Far East. She arrived there as a
crisis loomed in Indonesia. The strength of this mighty armada made itself felt as the crisis diminished quickly
her tour Inflict participated in joint exercises with the Philippine,
Thailand, and Chinese Nationalist navies before returning to Long Beach 15 July.
the next 20 months she remained in California waters constantly training to keep at peak readiness.
Inflict sailed 3 May 1960 for joint operations with our Asian allies, remaining there
for the next 6 months as a symbol of joint naval cooperation for security of the Free
World. She returned to Long Beach 16 November. During 1961, Inflict was
engaged in minesweeping operations and midshipman training out of Long Beach. She sailed 7
for exercises in Hawaiian waters, returning to Long Beach 17 August. In 1963,
in addition to her training in California waters, Inflict sailed 28 October for
exercises with Canada. Returning to Long Beach 3 December she resumed operations out of Long
Beach until 22 May 1964 when she sailed for duty in the Far East. Inflict again
operated with the friendly navies of Asia, and during the summer was deployed for service along South Vietnam, as
our support of that embattled republic was increased to assist its struggle
against aggression. Inflict returned to Long Beach 7 December.
sailed for the Far East 7 February 1966. Arriving Subic Bay 28 March, she
headed for her "Market Time" station 5 April and remained on patrol preventing
of arms and men from North Vietnam to the south. Except for brief interludes, she continued
duty until she left the war zone 1 November and returned to Long Beach 13 December.
Inflict operated on the West Coast through mid-1967.
[Note: The above USS INFLICT (MSO-456) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS INFLICT (MSO-456), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]