WOODEN SHIPS & IRON MEN
Aggressive Class Minesweeper: Laid down, 22 May 1952 at Higgins Inc., New Orleans, LA; Launched,
6 June 1953; Commissioned USS Exultant (AM-441), 31 March 1954; Reclassified as an Ocean Minesweeper, MSO-441, 7 February
1955; Decommissioned, 30 June 1993; Laid up in the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Portsmouth, VA; Struck from the
Naval Register, 9 March 1994; Sold for scrap 4 December 2000 to Baltimore Marine Industries, Baltimore, MD.
Specifications: Displacement 775 t; Length 172'; Beam 35'; Draft 12'; Speed 14 kts; Complement 78;
Armament, as built, one single 40mm gun mount, 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 Waukesha
Motors Co. diesels, controllable pitch propellers, two shafts.
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 acoustic mines.
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WOODEN SHIPS AND IRON MEN a book by CDR David D.Bruhn USN RET. A complete history
of our MSO's from 1953 to 1994.To learn more about this excellent minesweeper book please visit CDR Bruhn's website at the
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