USS ACME (MSO-508)
The second Acme (MSO-508) was laid down on 16 November 1954 by the Frank L. Sample Shipyard
Maine launched on 23 June 1955
sponsored by Mrs. Cornelius M. Sullivan
the wife of Capt. Sullivan who was then serving as chief of staff of the 3d Naval District
and commissioned on 27 September 1956
Lt. James W. Foust in command.
Following shakedown along the east coast
the ocean minesweeper proceeded
via the Panama Canal
to the west coast. She arrived at Long Beach on 8 December and was assigned to Mine Division 73
Mine Squadron 7. After a short upkeep period Acme got underway on 4 March 1956 for a deployment to the Far East. During this cruise
she visited Pear! Harbor
Hong Kong and venous ports in Korea
and Japan before returning home on 20 August. On 7 October
the vessel entered the Long Beach Naval Shipyard for extensive sound reduction repair work which was completed on 6 March 1958. She next participated in a training program as a unit of Mine Force
Pacific Fleet. In October 1958
she took part in a joint operation with the Royal Canadian Navy off the coast of British Columbia.
The ship began the year 1959 operating in the Long Beach area. In April
she began a three-week period of refresher training at San Diego. Next
Acme undertook a mine countermeasures refresher training program at Port Hueneme
Calif. On 17 August
she deployed to the Far East with Mine Division 73. Following stops at Pearl Harbor and Midway
the minesweeper arrived at Yokosuka
on 14 September. A fortnight later she moved to Sasebo and continued to operate in Japanese and Korean waters through mid-December. She visited Fukuoka and Kure
and Pusan and Chinhae
Korea. She also participated in joint minesweeping operations with the Republic of Korea Navy at Chinhae and with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force at Kure. On 17 December
Acme got underway and proceeded independently to Hong Kong
where she arrived on 22 December and rejoined other sweepers of Mine Division 73. On 30 December
the ship arrived at Subic Bay
After beginning 1960 in an upkeep status at Subic Bay
Acme arrived in Bangkok
on 13 January. Following five days of liberty in Bangkok
she got underway with units of the Royal Thai Navy and conducted tactical exercises en route to Sattahip. The exercises were completed on 22 January
and Acme returned to Subic Bay on 29 January. Following a week of voyage repairs
she sailed on 8 February for her home port
and made brief stops at Guam
and Pearl Harbor before reaching California on 13 March.
The ship participated in a joint United States-Canadian minesweeping exercise in the Long Beach area from 18 to 23 April then began four months of availability. On 15 August
she got underway for Esquimalt
to rendezvous with Canadian naval forces for joint exercises which continued into September. On the 10th
Acme returned to Long Beach and from 26 October through 6 November
took part in exercises with Canadian units off Camp Pendleton
Calif. Acme returned to Long Beach on 15 November and remained there through the end of the year
The minesweeper began another overhaul on 13 January 1961 Previously
she had been chosen to test special mine countermeasures equipment; and
during this yard period
it was installed. The ship got underway on 29 May
conducted refresher training at San Diego
and returned to Long Beach early in July. For the next two months
technical and operational checks were made on Acme's experimental equipment. From 28 August to 10 September
Acme held type training. On 13 September
the ship got underway to take part in Operation "Gray Fox"
a mine warfare exercise held along the California coast. She finished this task on 30 September and returned to Long Beach. From 2 to 27 October Acme was in restricted availability for installation of more equipment and put to sea on 7 November for shakedown. She returned to her home port on 22 November and spent the remainder of the year in an upkeep and leave period.
Acme spent the year 1962 conducting tests and operational evaluations of her new mine countermeasures equipment which took her to various points along the California coast. This routine was broken by periods of upkeep and drydocking before the vessel ended the year anchored in Long Beach.
The first two months of 1963 saw her continuing experimental work. From 2 to 23 March
she participated in Operation "Steelgate
" with Canadian forces off the California coast near Camp Pendleton. After a week of liberty in San Francisco
Acme returned to Long Beach for an overhaul which was followed by three weeks of refresher training out of San Diego. Upon her return to Long Beach on 2 August
Acme took part in an operational evaluation of Seanettle an underwater electronic system From mid-September through 10 November
she held type training and returned to Long Beach on the 21st.
Acme got underway for type training on 6 January 1964 and spent most of February assisting in the evaluation of the Seanettle system. From 24 February to 10 March
she conducted mine countermeasures operations off Santa Rosa Island and then devoted the next seven weeks to a tender availability. On 27 April she commenced training operations in the area off Huntington Beach
and Santa Catalina Island. Following completion of shakedown
she began alternating mine recovery operations off the California coast with periods of upkeep at Long Beach. The sweeper completed her operations on 7 December and entered a holiday leave and upkeep status.
Acme entered the Long Beach Naval Shipyard on 11 January 1965 for the installation of a new sonar system. She was underway on 8 March and sailed to the naval electronics laboratory at San Diego for tests and evaluations of her newly installed equipment. The ship returned to Long Beach on 27 May and began preparations for major yard work. On 7 June
she arrived at the Harbor Boat Building Company in Long Beach for repairs which lasted until 19 August. Then came two months of exercises. On 22 November
Acme began further evaluation of experimental equipment. In mid-December
she spent one week in mine hunting operations before returning to Long Beach on 20 December.
From mid-January until May 1966
Acme evaluated her mine hunting and surveillance system before sailing north and participated in the Rose Festival at Portland
from 8 until 13 June. The minesweeper participated as a unit of Mine Squadron 7 in a mine exercise at Santa Rosa Island from 18 to 28 July. Following a month of restricted availability at Long Beach
she took part in Exercises "Eager Angler" and "Baseline II." During November
the ship conducted type training and closed the year at Long Beach in a leave and upkeep status.
During the first four months of 1967
Acme was involved in various minesweeping exercises. On 1 May
she entered the Long Beach Naval Shipyard for a restricted availability
during which all of her experimental equipment was removed
thus ending her research and development efforts. The availability concluded on 4 August; but the ship began a regular overhaul on 1 September at San Pedro
Calif. During this time
a twin 20-millimeter gun was mounted on the vessel's forecastle. She got underway on 9 December and sailed with five other minesweepers to rendezvous with the SS Queen Mary. They escorted her on her last voyage into the port of Long Beach.
Acme held refresher training from 3 to 19 January 1968. On 28 January
she and 13 other minesweepers were alerted to prepare for an emergency deployment in view of the capture of Pueblo (AGER-2) by the North Koreans. By the first week of February
it became apparent that a deployment would not be necessary; and Acme began preparations for mine countermeasures refresher training and an ensuing upkeep period. On 1 April she sailed for the western Pacific. Ten days later
she arrived at Pearl Harbor and
after two days of replenishment got underway with units of Mine Division 94 and Force (MSO-45) to participate in Operation "Barstur"
On 14 April
Acme resumed her voyage west and arrived at Yokosuka
on 4 May. The vessel departed that port on 17 May bound for Chinhae Korea
and a joint American-Korean exercise. She returned to Sasebo on 28 May and began preparations for a deployment off the coast of Vietnam. On 6 June
Acme relieved Firm (MSO-45) as a barrier patrol ship. She was in turn relieved on 9 July and sailed to Singapore for an availability period. On 30 July
she sailed to Bangkok
for a joint exercise with British and Thai naval forces. Upon arrival at Sattahip
Acme developed engineering problems. The vessel was detached from the exercise and sailed to Subic Bay for repairs. She got underway again on 2 September bound for Danang. Upon her arrival there
the engineering problems recurred
and Acme was re-routed to the Philippines. She finished the passage to Subic Bay under tow by Lowry (DD-770) and finally reached the American naval base on 15 September.
Acme set sail for the United States on 27 October. En route she made port calls at Guam
the Johnston Islands and Pearl Harbor; arrived at Long Beach on 3 December
and spent the rest of the year in leave and upkeep
On 13 January 1969
Acme entered drydock at Terminal Island Calif.
for correction of difficulties with her controllable pitch propellers. The availability was completed on 20 March
and the minesweeper began sea trials. However
repeated casualties to the propeller system required further repair work before the ship was finally ready to return to duty on 21 April. Various training exercises occupied the ship from late April through July and mine warfare Exercise "StrikeEx 3-69"
kept her busy from 15 to 27 August. Then
after two months of preparations for a deployment to the Far East
she departed for the western Pacific. She stopped briefly at Pear} Harbor
and Kwajalein for minor repairs stores
and remained at Guam in upkeep from 2 until 8 December
before proceeding to Subic Bay. The minesweeper steamed on to the Vietnamese coast where
on 19 December 1969
she relieved Excel (MSO-439) and assumed Market Time patrol duties which lasted through 11 January 1970
the day the ship put in to port at Subic Bay.
After a month of leave and upkeep
Acme began her last Market Time patrol on 12 February. She remained off the coast for almost two months before returning to Subic Bay on 6 April Acme sailed to Keelung
on 25 April and pushed on to Sasebo
on 4 May. From this port
Acme began her journey back to Long Beach. Pausing briefly at Pearl Harbor
Acme reached her homeport on 9 June. Her next action came on 14 August
when Acme took part in Operation "High Desert" off the southern California coast. The minesweeper was back in Long Beach on 21 August.
On 1 September
Acme reported to the Naval Inactive Ship Facility
for deactivation. She was decommissioned on 6 November 1970
and her name was struck from the Navy list on 15 May 1976. She was sold on 6 January 1977 to Oskco Edwards
of Capistrano Beach
Acme received two battle stars for her Vietnam service.
[Note: The above USS ACME (MSO-508) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS ACME (MSO-508) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]