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USS IMPLICIT MSO 455

History

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COMMANDING OFFICERS

   

LCDR Alfred C.Filiatrault Jr.

Mar 1954-Jun 1955

LCDR Arthur E.Hammarlund

Jun 1955-Apr 1957

LCDR Robert D.Gee

Apr 1957-Nov 1958

LCDR Donald J.Hanson

Nov 1958-Jul 1960

LCDR Charles A.Dodd

Jul 1960-Jul 1962

LCDR Alexander W.Rilling

Jul 1962-Jul 1964

LCDR Richard V.Dalton

Jul 1964-Jun 1966

LCDR George J.Carver

Jun 1966-Sep 1968

LCDR Virgil E.Strickland Jr.

Sep 1968-Oct 1970

LCDR David E.Larison

Oct 1970-Jun 1972

LCDR Michael W.Bordy

Jun 1972-Jun 1974

LCDR Thomas W.Wright

Jun 1974-Mar 1976

LCDR Gale D.Brink

Mar 1976-Nov 1978

LCDR Howard F.Lee

Nov 1978-Oct 1980

LCDR Bruce E.Holdt

Oct 1980-Dec 1982

LCDR Thomas A.Baker

Dec 1982-Dec 1984

LCDR Bruce B.Giannotti

Dec 1984-Dec 1986

LCDR Bruce T.Van Belle

Dec 1986-Feb 1988

LCDR Steven W.Nerheim

Feb 1988-Dec 1988

LCDR Robert E.McCabe III

Dec 1988-Apr 1989

LCDR Daniel A.Burns

Apr 1989-Jul 1989

LCDR Richard C.Rush

Jul 1989-Jul 1991

LCDR Michael L.James

Jul 1991-Jan 1994

CDR William C.Fosseen

Jan 1994-Sep 1994

CDR George D.Taylor Jr.

25 Sep 1994-30 Sep 1994

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                      20 UNIT AWARDS & CITATIONS
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals (3), Combat Action Ribbons(2), Navy Expeditionary Medals(4),Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation Gallantry(3), Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation 1982(1) and the Vietnam Service Medals(7).

Implicit (AM-455) was launched by Wilmington Boat Works, Wilmington, Calif, 1 August 1953; sponsored by Mrs. Landon Horton, and commissioned 10 March 1954 Lt. Comdr. A. C. Filiatrault in command.
 
One of a class of new minesweepers constructed entirely of nonmagnetic materials, Implicit conducted shakedown training in California waters during mid-1954. She then began an operational pattern which was to continue for 3 years-minesweeping exercises, fleet maneuvers, and training cruises in the California-Mexico area. The ship then got underway from her home port, Long Beach, 7 August 1957 to join the 7th Fleet in the strategic Far East. During this deployment, Implicit operated with Japanese ships, Nationalist Chinese minesweepers, and with regular units of the 7th Fleet on their daily mission of maintaining peace and security in the area She returned to Long Beach 1 March 1958.
Training and readiness exercises out of Long Beach occupied the minesweeper until her second cruise to the Far East. She steamed out of Long Beach 8 January 1960 and during 6 months in the western Pacific took part in mine warfare exercises with 7th Fleet ships in the Philippines and off Okinawa. Implicit arrived Long Beach after this cruise 17 July 1960.
Training operations and mine countermeasures drill were carried out until August 1961, when the veteran minecraft took part in joint American-Canadian mine-sweeping exercises off British Columbia. Returning to Long Beach, the ship prepared for another Far Eastern deployment, this time in support of the American advisory effort in South Vietnam. Sailing 2 January 1962 for this embattled country, Implicit first participated in SEATO maneuvers and then moved to various ports in South Vietnam to assist in training officers and men in their struggle against Communist subversion. She returned to Long Beach from South Vietnam 17 August 1962.
Implicit resumed a schedule of underway training and fleet exercises out of Long Beach until her next deployment, sailing with her division 3 January 1964. Stopping at Guam and Midway en route, she arrived off Formosa for mine-warfare exercises in March. In May she returned to the Formosa Strait for a second operation, in which the ship acted under a Chinese Nationalist division commander in a demonstration of cooperation and smooth combined operations. Following her second SEATO exercise in the Pacific, Implicit resumed to Long Beach 28 July 1964 for a yard overhaul and readiness tactics and training along the coast of California.
Implicit departed Long Beach 21 September 1965 for the Far East. A unit of Mine Division 91, she joined the "Market Time Patrol" along Vietnam's 1,000-mile coastline to intercept Vietcong men and supplies trying to infiltrate into South Vietnam. Once she was fired on by Vietcong while cruising close to shore and retaliated with her 40mm. and other machineguns.
After a 2-week stopover, Implicit departed Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 14 January to continue her "Market Time" patrols into late 1966. By 15 March she had boarded more than 1,000 junks and sampans for inspection. On 22 and 23 March, the minesweeper fired nearly 700 rounds of 40mm. ammunition supporting small South Vietnamese naval craft under fire from enemy shore batteries. On 28 June Implicit got underway with a mine division for Long Beach, Calif., via Guam, Kwajalein, and Pearl Harbor arriving Long Beach, 2 August From 13 to 20 September she participated in minesweeping Operation "Eager Angler" off Santa Rosa Island. Implicit joined a carrier task unit for Operation "COMPTUEX" through December and then continued training operations off Long Beach into 1967. Implicit was decommissioned 30 September 1994 .
 

July 1982 Implicit was tasked by COMTHIRDFLEET to assist as necessary in all operations involving the arrival of the first Trident
Class Submarine to the Puget Sound area, USS Ohio. The ship conducted surveillance operations on several Soviet ships off the
coast of Washington that were shadowing the new "Tridents.

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