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USS VENTURE (MSO-496) - an Aggressive-class minesweeper

In Commission 1958 to 1971

MSO-496 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JAN 1955 - Keel Date: 11 JAN 1955
NOV 1956 - Launch Date: 27 NOV 1956
FEB 1958 - Commissioned: 3 FEB 1958
JAN 1969 - JUL 1969 Mediterranean
AUG 1971 - Decommissioned: 2 AUG 1971

MSO-496 General Specifications

Complement: 74 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 775 tons

Length: 172 feet

Beam: 36 feet

Draft: 10 feet

Flank Speed: 15 knots


The third Venture (MSO-496) was laid down on 11 January 1955 at Ft. Lauderdale Fla. by Broward Marine Inc. as AM-496 redesignated MSO-496 on 7 February 1955 launched on 27 November 1956 sponsored by Mrs. Leroy Williams wife of the Governor of Florida; and commissioned on 3 February 1958 Lt Comdr. James H. Agles in command.

Following shakedown training at Guantanamo Bay Cuba during March and April Venture conducted local minesweeping operations out of Charleston S.C. until late June at which time she entered the Charleston Naval Shipyard for post-shakedown availability. That repair period lasted until 1 December when she began preparations to deploy to the Mediterranean Sea. Although her home port was changed from Charleston S.C. to Panama City Fla. on New Year's Day 1959 the minesweeper embarked upon her first Mediterranean cruise from the former port on 9 January as the flagship of Mine Division (MinDiv) 81. After a routine tour of duty with the 6th Fleet Venture returned to Charleston on 30 May for a tender availability at the naval shipyard and normal operations out of Charleston until late summer.

On 3 August 1959 the minesweeper departed Charleston bound finally for Panama City Fla. her new home port. For the next dozen years she served the Navy's Mine Defense Laboratory located there. For the remainder of her career the minesweeper and her division mates helped that institution to develop mine warfare countermeasures. When not operating under the auspices of the laboratory she performed mine warfare training exercises under the direction of the Commander Mine Squadron 8. In addition she periodically provided services in support of the research and developmental work carried on by the Operational Test and Evaluation Force frequently in conjunction with the Naval Mine Defense Laboratory mentioned above and by the Naval Ships Research and Development-Center (popularly dubbed the David Taylor Model Basin) located at Carderock Md.

During that time period Venture departed the immediate area of the eastern Gulf of Mexico infrequently. On occasion she made visits to Norfolk Charleston and Mobile but those calls either were very brief or were made strictly for the purpose of repairs and availabilities. Early in 1969 however she did clear the Panama City area for a tour of duty overseas. Between 10 January and 16 June 1969 she made her second and last deployment to the 6th Fleet - almost a decade to the day after she had begun her first Mediterranean mission.

Back in Panama City by mid-June the minesweeper resumed duty assisting in the development of mine countermeasures. That task carried the warship through the last two years of her naval career. Just before she began inactivation preparations she became flagship of MinDiv 21 when the Atlantic Fleet Mine Force was reorganized and MinDiv 81 was transformed into MinDiv 21. Venture began preparations for her inactivation on 3 May 1971 at Charleston. She was decommissioned there on 2 August 1971 and on 10 November was berthed with the Norfolk Group Atlantic Reserve Fleet. In September 1977 Venture's name was struck from the Navy list and she was slated to be sold for scrap. As of 21 April 1978 no final disposition had been consummated.

[Note: The above USS VENTURE (MSO-496) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS VENTURE (MSO-496) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]