MSO-495 General Specifications
Class: Aggressive-class minesweeper
Complement: 6 Officers and 74 Enlisted
Displacement: 630 tons
Length: 172 feet
Beam: 36 feet
Draft: 10 feet
Final Disposition: Sold for scrapping 1 February 1978
USS SWERVE (MSO-495)
The second Swerve (MSO-495)
was laid down on 20 December 1954 by Broward Marine Inc.
redesignated as MSO-495 on 7 February 1955; launched on 1 November 1955; sponsored by Mrs. F. A. Benison
and commissioned on 27 July 1957
Lt. Comdr. K. H. Eaton in command
Swerve was assigned a home port at Charleston S.C.
and after her shakedown
participated in local exercises and operations until January 1959 when she deployed to the Mediterranean for duty with the 6th Fleet. Her first cruise in the Mediterranean ended in June. She then participated in two minesweeping exercises which took her to Savannah Gal
and Nassau B.W.I. From January to June 1960
she participated in various exercises and then
for a three-month period operated an underwater camera for the Service Force from New York to Boston and St. Johns
Swerve began an overhaul in October 1960 that lasted until February 1961. After refresher training she participated in minesweeping operations with units of the Royal Canadian Navy before making a midshipman cruise to the Caribbean. She returned to Charleston and-began making preparations for another tour with the 6th Fleet in the fall. The minesweeper stood out of Charleston
on 11 September 1961
and entered the Mediterranean two weeks later for a tour that ended on 24 March 1962. In May
Swerve participated in Project Mercury as a recovery unit for America's second orbital space shot. The remainder of the year was spent in local operations and in overhaul.
Swerve sailed to Panama City
on 29 January 1963 and assisted the Mine Defense Laboratory during February and March. She and her division then deployed to the Caribbean from 2 June to 18 October. On 4 November
Swerve and Sturdy (MSO-494) got underway on a good-will tour to Central America. The two ships called at ports in Panama
and Guatemala before returning to Charleston on 8 December 1963.
Swerve conducted operations along the coast with Mine Division 44 until 24 August 1964 when it sailed for Argentia
on a five-week cruise. The minesweeper spent the remainder of the year at Charleston for an overhaul and leave. In March 1965 she served as a recovery unit for Project Gemini 3 off Cape Kennedy
Swerve was deployed to the 6th Fleet from 15 June to 8 November 1965. On 29 March
she deployed to the Caribbean. On 1 July
Swerve was assigned the task of finding and recovering a practice weapon that was lost off Vieques
P.R. After 51 days of searching with the aid of the mini-submarine Asherah
the device was found and recovered. The ship returned to Charleston and resumed operations along the Atlantic seaboard from Halifax to the Dominican Republic for the next five years.
In September 1970 it was decided that Swerve would be decommissioned. Preinactivation was begun at Mayport
on 1 October; and
on 20 January 1971
she was placed in a caretaker status. Swerve was decommissioned on 1 July 1971 and assigned to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. She was still attached to that fleet in February 1975. Swerve was sold for scrapping 1 February 1978.
[Note: The above USS SWERVE (MSO-495) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS SWERVE (MSO-495) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]