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Courtesy of Paul Haaze

Agile (MSO-421)
ex-AM-421



Call sign:
November - Alpha - Uniform - Xray

Agile Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 22 February 1954 as AM-421 by the Luders Marine Construction Co., Stamford, Connecticut
  • Reclassified as an Ocean Minesweeper, MSO-421, 5 February 1955
  • Launched 19 November 1955
  • Commissioned USS Agile (MSO-421), 21 June 1956 at New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, NY
  • Decommissioned 28 July 1972 at Charleston, SC and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Norfolk Group
  • Struck from the Navy Register in September 1977
  • Sold for scrap in February 1980 to Union Minerals and Alloys Corp. of New York for $35,000.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 755 t.
  • Length 172'
  • Beam 35'
  • Draft 10'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 78
  • Armament: One 40mm gun mount and two .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Four 760shp Packard V-16 diesel engines (later replaced with four Waukeshaw diesel engines), Packard V-8 240kw ships service generator, one General Motors 6-71, 100kw generator, one General Motors 6-71
    60kw generator, two controllable pitch propellers.
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    for full size image
    Size Image Description Source
    Agile 90k Line drawing .
    Agile 24k - 102 Minesweepers
    Website
    Dick Lewis
    Agile 44k . Robert Hurst
    Agile 257k Undated post card
    Caption on back reads:
    U.S. Naval Station
    Charleston, SC

    Atlantic Fleet Minesweepers of Mine Division 83, USS Bulwark (MSO 425), USS Agile (MSO 421), USS Aggressive (MSO 422), and USS Bold (MSO 424), participate in Change of Command Ceremony for Commander Mine Squadron 8
    Tommy Trampp
    Agile 172k Undated post card
    Caption on back reads:
    ATLANTIC FLEET MINE FORCE HEADQUARTERS
    U.S. Naval Base
    Charleston, SC

    Two of the ocean minesweepers and minesweeping ships, assigned to this command [Agile and Bulwark (MSO 425)] assigned to this command. Small and compact, they have the dangerous mission of searching for enemy mines, locating them by electronic and magnetic means, and destroying enemy mines after they have been located
    Photo by Ernest Ferguson
    Agile 91k c. 1957
    Contributed by William H.Evans
    Tom Lawson
    Agile 90k c. 1960
    Boston, MA
    © Richard Leonhardt

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Herbert Dudley Mills, Jr., USN21 June 1956
    02LCDR Edgar Y. M. Henderson, USN.
    04LCDR Walter W. Dosier, USN1960 - 1962
    05LCDR Lincoln Judson Speed, USN1962 - 1964
    06LCDR Warren Lewis Story, USN1964 - August 1966
    07LCDR Philip George Charest, USN1966 - December 1967
    08LCDR Garry Leonard Wilson, USNDecember 1967 - December 1968
    10LCDR Harry James Franklin Korrell, Jr., USNAugust 1969 - November 1971
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    View the Agile (MSO-421)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    102 Minesweepers (MSO) Oceangoing Minesweepers
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen

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