Laid down 28 December 1951 at Higgins Inc., New Orleans, LA
10 April 1953
Commissioned USS Exploit (AM-440), 31 March 1954
Reclassified as an Ocean Minesweeper, MSO-440, 7 February
Decommissioned 16 December 1993 and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility,
Struck from the Navy Register 28 March 1994
Sold for scrap 4 December 2000 to Baltimore Marine Industries
of Baltimore, MD.
Displacement 775 t.
Armament: As built, one 40mm gun mount and two .50 cal. machine guns. Final configuration, bow
gun replaced by one twin 20mm gun mount, two .50 cal. machine guns remain
Propulsion: Four Packard ID1700 diesel engines,
replaced by four Waukasha Motors Co. diesels, two shafts, two controllable pitch propellers.
These new minesweepers were smaller and built primarily of wood , with
bronze and stainless (non-magnetic) steel fittings to minimize their magnetic signature. All of the 1950 era MSOs had UQS-1
mine-locating sonar, later updated with SQQ-14 sonar. MSOs were capable of sweeping for moored, bottom contact, magnetic and
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