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USS SALUTE (MSO-470) - an Aggressive-class minesweeper

In Commission 1955 to 1970

MSO-470 Deployments - Major Events

Add a MSO-470 Shellback Initiation Add a MSO-470 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAR 1953 - Keel Date: 17 MAR 1953
at Luders Marine Construction Co. Stamford Connecticut
AUG 1954 - Launch Date: 14 AUG 1954
MAY 1955 - Commissioned: 4 MAY 1955
JUN 1956 - DEC 1957 North Atlantic
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
OCT 1963 - MAR 1964 Mediterranean
APR 1964 - Shellback Initiation - 7 APR 1964 - Atlantic Ocean
JUL 1968 - DEC 1968 Mediterranean
MAY 1970 - Decommissioned: 15 MAY 1970

MSO-470 General Specifications

Class: Aggressive-class minesweeper

Complement: 8 Officers and 70 Enlisted

Displacement: 630 tons

Length: 172 feet

Beam: 35 feet

Draft: 12 feet

Final Disposition: Sold for scrapping August 1971


The second Salute (AM-470) was laid down on 17 March 1953 by the Luders Marine Construction Co. Stamford Conn.; launched on 14 August 1954; sponsored by Mrs. Frederick A. Edwards; reclassified MSO-470 on 7 February 1955; and commissioned on 4 May 1955 Lt. John James Parish in command.

Based at Charleston S.C. Salute provided minesweeping services along the east coast in the Caribbean and in the Mediterranean from 1955 through 1970. Duty with the 6th Fleet took her to the Mediterranean six times during this period. In March 1966 Salute used special equipment to aid in the search off the Spanish coast for an H-bomb lost in waters off Palomares after a mid-air bomber collision. In May 1967 she received visitors on board while at the world's fair at Montreal Canada.

She remained active in the Atlantic Fleet until decommissioned on 15 May 1970 for mine warfare conversion. However on 16 October her conversion was cancelled; she was struck from the Navy list on 1 February 1971; and was sold for scrapping in August.

[Note: The above USS SALUTE (MSO-470) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS SALUTE (MSO-470) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]