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USS RIVAL (MSO-468) - an Aggressive-class minesweeper

In Commission 1954 to 1970

MSO-468 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
FEB 1952 - Keel Date: 1 FEB 1952
AUG 1953 - Launch Date: 15 AUG 1953
SEP 1954 - Commissioned: 3 SEP 1954
MAY 1956 - OCT 1956 Mediterranean
MAY 1960 - NOV 1960 Mediterranean
MAR 1961 - MAY 1961 Caribbean
OCT 1962 - NOV 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
NOV 1965 - OCT 1969 Guantanamo Bay
JAN 1966 - JUL 1966 Mediterranean
MAY 1966 - Shellback Initiation - 14 MAY 1966 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN 1968 - APR 1968 Caribbean
JUL 1968 - DEC 1968 Mediterranean
MAY 1970 - Decommissioned: 15 MAY 1970

MSO-468 General Specifications

Complement: 74 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 775 tons

Length: 172 feet

Beam: 36 feet

Draft: 10 feet

Flank Speed: 15 knots


The first Rival (AM-421) was laid down 1 February 1952 by the Luders Marine Construction Co., Stamford, Conn.; redesignated AM-468; launched 15 August 1953; sponsored by Mrs. F. X. Forest; and commissioned 3 September 1954, Lt. William M. Georgen in command

Redesignated MSO-468 in February 1955, Rival was assigned as flagship, Mine Division 85 during shakedown. In March 1955 she began operations out of her homeport of Charleston, S.C. Based there since that time, she has operated primarily along the east coast, rotating biennially, except for 1962, to the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean. She has participated in Fleet and NATO exercises and, in 1966, in the successful search (20 February to 8 April) for a nuclear bomb lost off Palomares, Spain. During her operations with the 2d Fleet, she has conducted exercises in the Charleston area and off Puerto Rico and has provided services at Yorktown, Va. and at Mayport and Panama City, Fla. In 1961, she added Caribbean deployments to her schedule and continued them through the decade.

In December 1968, Rival returned from her last Mediterranean cruise of the 1960s. Through 1969 she remained in the western Atlantic and in the Caribbean. In 1970, she prepared for modernization. She arrived at the Todd Shipyard, Brooklyn N. Y., on 10 June to begin the work, however the contract was terminated 16 October 1970 for the convenience of the government. Rival, along with three other ships of her class, was towed to Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for storage pending final disposition. In August 1971, the four ships, including Rival, were sold to Mr. Charles Gural of Rohway, N.J. 14 October 2005

[Note: The above USS RIVAL (MSO-468) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS RIVAL (MSO-468), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]