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Avenge (MSO 423)
ex-AM-423



Call sign:
November - Charlie - Alpha - India

Aggressive Class Ocean Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 1 August 1951 by Luders Marine Construction Co., Stamford, Connecticut
  • Launched 15 March 1953
  • Commissioned USS Avenge (AM-423), 13 May 1954
  • Reclassified as a Ocean Minesweeper, MSO-423, 14 January 1955
  • Heavily damaged by fire of unknown origin at Bethlehem Steel Corp., Fort McHenry Shipyard, Baltimore, Maryland on 6 October 1969
  • Decommissioned 31 January 1970
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 February 1970
  • Sold for scrap 6 October 1969 to Steve B. Clemons of Miami Shores, FL for $2,789.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 630 t.(lt), 755 t.(fl)
  • Length 172'
  • Beam 35'
  • Draft 10'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 80
  • Armament: One 40mm gun mount and two .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Four Packard ID1700 diesel engines, two shafts, two controllable pitch propellers.
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    MINDIV-82 120k Ship's of Mine Division Eighty Two prepare to leave Charleston, SC for a Mediterranean deployment. MINDIV-82 ship's from left to right are: Fearless (MSO 442), Avenge, Exultant (MSO 441), the Belgium Minesweeper F. Bovesse (M 909) (ex-MSO-516), and Fidelity (MSO 443).
    Photo courtesy of Leroy D. "Mo" Mahoney
    Official US Navy Photo
    Belgium MSO Web Site
    Avenge 112k Mediterranean Sea Tom Peters EN2 via Tom Lawson
    Avenge 96k Dry docked at La Spezia, Italy
    Avenge 138k Christmas card Tom Lawson
    Avenge 192k Navy Yard Charleston, SC
    Avenge and Valor (MSO 472) in Dry Dock
    Robert Hall
    Avenge 184k 20 May 1956
    mid-Atlantic
    Larry Bohn
    Avenge 162k 6 October 1969
    Baltimore, MD
    On fire in dry dock
    ©Sunpaper photo by George H. Cook
    Tommy Trampp

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Waymon Taylor, USN13 May 1954 - 1956
    02LT E. W. B. Jeffers, Jr., USN.1956 - 1958
    03LCDR Robert Eric Comet, Sr., USN1958 - 1960
    04LCDR Robert William Hall, USN1960 - 1962
    05LCDR William Thomas Marin, USN5 January 1962 - May 1963
    06LT Vernon Charles Smith, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral May 1963 - 1966
    07LCDR Clarence Edward Lobb, USN1966 - 1968

    View the Avenge (MSO-423)
    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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