MSO-463 General Specifications
Class: Aggressive-class minesweeper
Complement: 65 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 775 tons
Length: 172 feet
Beam: 36 feet
Draft: 10 feet
Final Disposition: Sold to Spain 1 August 1974
USS PIVOT (MSO-463)
The second Pivot (AM-463) was laid down
31 March 1952 by Wilmington Boat Works, Wilmington, Calif.; launched 9 January
1954; sponsored by Mrs. Minor C. Heinl; and commissioned 12 July 1954, Lt.
Robert M. Collins in command. Following shakedown in the Long Beach-San Diego
area, Pivot became flagship of Mine Division 93 at its establishment 6
December. On 8 January 1955, she participated in operation Rainbow to begin
her career in the Pacific Fleet and the following month was redesignated
MSO-463. She operated along the West Coast until departing Long Beach 2 June
1958 for the Far East for service with the 7th Fleet. During this deployment
she attempted to assist Prestige aground at Naruto Kaikyo, Japan; but ran
aground herself during the daring operation in dangerous waters. Pivot managed
to break free but Prestige was lost. Returning to Long Beach 7 January 1959,
the non-magnetic ocean minesweeper resumed operations along the West Coast
establishing a pattern of alternating service off the Pacific seaboard with
WestPac deployments in 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966 and 1968. During the 1962
deployment, she received the Battle Efficiency E.
Her last three deployments took Pivot to
Viet Nam for Market Time operations, inspecting junks and other craft to stem
the flow of Communist war material from the north into South Viet Nam. Her
light draft, and her crew's high standard of seamanship suited the minesweep
ideally for this important service in support of freedom.
Pivot returned to Long Beach from her
last 7th Fleet deployment 10 May 1969 and operated on the West coast into 1970.
[Note: The above USS PIVOT (MSO-463) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS PIVOT (MSO-463), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]