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
USS SALUTE (MSO-470)
The second Salute (AM-470) was laid down on 17 March 1953 by the Luders Marine Construction Co.
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
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
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]