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Agressive class USS FORCE (MSO-445) In service 1955 to 1973 (Lost at Sea due to fire)

 

Unfortunately the ship was lost by fire in the After Engine Room on 24 April 1973 while enroute from Subic Bay to Guam. The fire apparently was caused by a leak in the fuel line on one of the outboard main engines.

 

There were quite a few Naval Facilities in Long Beach at the time, including the Naval Shipyard, Naval Station, and several piers. A number of destroyers were home ported there as well as all of the Pacific force minesweepers. Force was assigned to Mine Division (MINEDIV) 72. We were referred to as “Can Do 72”. The other ships in our division included:
USS Firm (MSO 444) – Division flagship
USS Prime (MSO 466)
USS Embattle (MSO 434)
USS Reaper (MSO 467)

 

USS FORCE XO's story http://www.navyhistory.org/2013/06/minesweeper-uss-force-mso-445-experiences/

Nice Patch really like that one.

 

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Agile class USS DIRECT (MSO-430) In service 1954 to 1982. Atlantic Fleet, Sixth Fleet sweeper

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Agile class USS DIRECT (MSO-430) Sweep The Thunder From The Deep

 

Japanese made 1962

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Agile class USS DIRECT (MSO-430) Sweep The Thunder From The Deep

US made 1962

 

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Ability class Minesweeper USS ASSURANCE (MSO-521) In service 1958 to 1977, Atlantic & Sixth Fleets

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USS FORTIFY (MSO-446) Aggressive class in commission 1954-1992

WETSU We Eat This (Poop) Up and her Task Force 78 End Sweep patch

 

Different version USS FORTIFY (MSO-446) 5" Philippine made

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A very well worn Suez Canal Mine Clearance patch

Mine clearance efforts in 1974 and 1975 after the Yom Kippur War.

Operation Nimbus Moon was the first sweeping operation followed by Nimbus Star then Nimbus Spar

 

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Aggressive class USS BOLD (MSO-424) Ace Novelty, Tokyo, Japan

 

In service 1953 to 1971 with the Mine Force Atlantic & Sixth Fleets

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....and her long service sister ship

USS CONSTANT (MSO-427) Aggressive class in service 1954-1992

Vietnam era and her Desert Storm patch

 

1950's Black Cat version USS CONSTANT (MSO-427) - Have to admire the Mineman's sense of humor in regard to bad luck symbology.....

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Mine countermeasures support ship USS ORLEANS PARISH (MCS-6) In service 1945 to 1975. Commissioned as LST-1069 and converted to Mine Squadron Eight flagship during the Korean war

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MINDIV 125 - Mine Division 125, Charleston, SC

 

Photo Caption: Mine Division 125 personnel guide minesweeping boat MSB 16 as it is lowered by a yard crane.

The boat will be placed on a skid for loading into the well deck of the amphibious transport dock USS RALEIGH (LPD 1)

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MINDIV 125 - Mine Division 125, Charleston, SC

 

Photo Caption: Mine Division 125 minesweeping boats MSB 51, left, and MSB 28, are positioned inthe well deck of the amphibious transport dock USS RALEIGH (LPD 1).

Two PB Mark III patrol boats are secured on the fantail

 

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USS PIVOT (MSO-463) Prince Rocky Lighter

 

She was a Market Time minesweeper, anyone have the patch?

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USS DYNAMIC (MSO-432) Aggressive class minesweeper in service 1953 to 1971. (Reclassified from AM-432 to MSO-432 in 1955) Patch circa 1962

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USS ILLUSIVE (MSO-448) Agile class minesweeper in service 1953 to 1990 - Market Time 1965-1966

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MOMAG - MOBILE MINE ASSEMBLY GROUP
Before 1975, mine shops around the world were divisions of various naval magazines or ordnance facilities. This arrangement frequently put the magazine's priorities above those of the mine shop's, resulting in Minemen often being assigned to divisions outside their rating. On 1 July 1975, the reorganization of the mine force resulted in the establishment of both the Commander, Mine Warfare Command (COMINEWARCOM) and the Com­mander, Mobile Mine Assembly Group (COMOMAG). This reorganization established MOMAG detachments and units located around the world.

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USS VALOR (MSO-472) Agile class in service as AM-472 in 1954, reclassified as MSO-472 in 1955, decommissioned in 1970

 

She served with Mine Force Atlantic Fleet primarily homeported in Charleston, SC (MINDIV 44 - MINRON 4) and deployed with the Sixth Fleet in the Med. She also was operationally subordinated to the Belgian Navy and served in Ostend and the Belgian Congo. Reverting to USN control, she was assigned to Panama City in support of the mine countermeasures development program of the Navy Mine Defense Laboratory.

 

Interesting hand made patch, possibly Belgian made or by a crewman's wife? It's the only USS VALOR patch I've ever seen.

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