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Aggressive (MSO 422)
ex-AM-422



Call sign:
November - Foxtrot - Papa - Zulu

Aggressive Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 25 May 1951 at Luders Marine Construction Co., Stamford, Connecticut
  • Launched 4 October 1952
  • Commissioned USS Aggressive (AM-422), 25 November 1953 at Brooklyn Naval Station, NY
  • Reclassified as an Ocean Minesweeper, MSO-422, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 2 July 1971 and laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Navy Register 28 February 1975
  • Sold for scrap 1 May 1980 to R. E. Williams of Torrance, CA for $44,000.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 630 t.(lt), 755 t.(fl)
  • Length 172'
  • Beam 35'
  • Draft 10'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 80
  • Armament: As built, one 40mm gun mount and two .50 cal machine guns; Final configuration, 40mm gun replaced by one twin 20mm gun mount, two .50 cal. machine guns remain
  • Propulsion: Four Packard ID1700 diesel engines, two shafts, two controllable pitch propellers.
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    for full size image
    Size Image Description Source
    Aggressive 289k . 102 Minesweepers
    Website
    Dick Lewis
    Aggressive 92k . Joe Radigan
    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
    Aggressive 111k U.S. Navy Photo from the June 1955 edition of All Hands magazine Joe Radigan
    Acadia 87k USS Arcadia (AD 23); Hawkins (DDR 873); McNair (DD 679); Exploit (MSO 440); Bulwark (MSO 425); Aggressive and Bold (MSO 424)
    U.S. Navy Photo from the January 1956 edition of All Hands magazine
    Aggressive 111k c. 1961
    Departing her homeport of Naval Station Charleston, SC while assigned to MINEDIV 83
    U.S. Navy photo
    Robert M. Cieri

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Lawrence Welsford Kelley, USN25 November 1953
    02LCDR Thomas A. Cosgrove, USN1959 - 1960
    03LCDR John Victor Cricchi, USN1962 - 1964
    04LCDR Michael Stanley Meyers, USNFebruary 1969 - October 1970
    05LCDR Spencer, USNOctober 1970

    View the Aggressive (AM 422)
    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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