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Avenge (MSO 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.


  • 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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    Avenge (MSO 423)
    525k The U.S. Navy minesweeper Avenge (MSO-423) was sponsored by Mrs. A. E. Luders, Jr., at Luders Marine Construction, Stamford, Connecticut, in 15 March 1954.
    I haven't found any photos of her yet, but her husband appears here & in a 1955 PAPER AD (the face that launched 942 ships) Luders Marine Construction Co Stamford Connecticut Boats.
    Photo courtesy of
    525k The U.S. Navy minesweeper Avenge (MSO-423) at Luders Marine Construction, Stamford, Connecticut, in March 1954. National Archives Identifier: 6932563
    Photo courtesy of, from the Bureau of Ships collection via Robert Hurst.
    321k 19 April 1954 National Archives Identifier: 6932563
    Photo courtesy of, from the Bureau of Ships collection via Robert Hurst.
    USS Avenge (MSO 423)
    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)
    U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Leroy D. "Mo" Mahoney
    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 480k 17 March 1955
    Valor (MSO 472), Avenge and an identified MSO in dry dock
    Michael Mohl
    Avenge 184k 20 May 1956
    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
    06LCDR John G. Shaw, USNMay 1963 - July 1963
    07LT Vernon Charles Smith, USN - Awarded five Legions of Merit, three Bronze Stars with Combat V, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Joint Service Commendation Medal
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    15 July 1964 - June 1966
    08LCDR Clarence Edward Lobb, USN1966 - 1968
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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