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AGGRESSIVE CLASS - MINESWEEPER


ARMAMENT 40mm Bow Gun

GENERAL DIMENSIONS


L.O.A. 172'
BEAM (Maximum Over Sheathing) 35'
DRAFT 14'

COMPLEMENT


OFFICERS 6
C.P.O.'s 4
CREW 67

SHIP's HISTORY

The USS SALUTE (MSO-470) was built on 17 March 1953 at the Luders Marine Construction Co., Stamford Conn. She was launched on 14 August 1954, and was sponsored by Mrs. Frederick A. Edwards. The SALUTE was commissioned on 04 May 1955. LT John James Parish assumed command of this ship.

Significant Dates

Based at Charleston, S.C., 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, Canada. 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 01 February 1971; and was sold for scrapping in August 1971.

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