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USS PLEDGE (MSO-492) - an Aggressive-class minesweeper

In Commission 1956 to 1994

MSO-492 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JUN 1954 - Keel Date: 24 JUN 1954
JUL 1955 - Launch Date: 20 JUL 1955
APR 1956 - Commissioned: 20 APR 1956
AUG 1961 - MAY 1962 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1963 - APR 1964 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1965 - FEB 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1967 - JAN 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1967 - JAN 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR 1969 - OCT 1969 west Pac Vietnam
MAR 1971 - OCT 1972 West Pac
JAN 1994 - Decommissioned: 31 JAN 1994

MSO-492 General Specifications

Complement: 74 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 775 tons

Length: 172 feet

Beam: 36 feet

Draft: 10 feet

Flank Speed: 15 knots


The second Pledge (MSO-492) a minesweeper was laid down on 24 June 1954 by the J. M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corp. Tacoma Wash. launched 20 July 1955 sponsored by Mrs. T. F. Uitsch and commissioned 20 April 1956 Lt. Thomas D. Pfundstein in command.

After sea trials Pledge joined her sister ships at Long Beach Cal. 25 May 1956. Following training from July 1956 to February 1957 she operated in WESTPAC March to September 1957. She underwent modification from October 1957 to March 1958.

Deployed to WESTPAC 24 August 1961 she visited Bangkok Thailand in November and Saigon Vietnam in December. In early 1962 she participated in special training operations at Da Nang Vietnam until her departure 17 February. Her deployment to WESTPAC 12 August 1963 included exercises with South Korean ships in October and Nationalist Chinese ships in November. On her next assignment to WESTPAC 13 August 1965 She performed coastal surveillance duties off the Republic of Vietnam from 18 October to 16 November 1965 and from 18 December into early 1966.

Pledge was decommissioned and stricken 31 January 1994 Pledge was sold to Taiwan on 8 March of that year.

[Note: The above USS PLEDGE (MSO-492) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS PLEDGE (MSO-492) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]