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Dash (MSO 428)

Call sign:
November - Foxtrot - Whiskey - Charlie

Dash Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 2 July 1951 by the Astoria Marine Construction Co., Astoria, Oregon
  • Launched 20 September 1952
  • Commissioned USS Dash (AM-428), 14 August 1953
  • Reclassified as an Ocean Minesweeper, MSO-428, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 2 October 1982
  • Sold for scrap 26 January 1984 to Wayne Hobbs of Huntington, CA for $22,229.


  • Displacement 775 t.
  • Length 172'
  • Beam 35'
  • Draft 12'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 78
  • Armament: As built, one Mk 3 40mm gun mount. Final configuration, bow gun replaced by one twin 20mm gun mount and added two .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Four General Motors diesel engines, replaced by four Waukasha Motors Co. diesel engines, two shafts, two controllable pitch propellers.
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    Dash 140k Under construction Astoria Marine Construction Co.
    Dash 102k Progress photo
    Dash 104k 14 February 1953
    Progress photo
    USS Dash (MSO 428)
    Dash 147k . Astoria Marine Construction Co.
    Dash 93k
    Dash 88k Dick Lewis, 102 Minesweepers
    Courtesy, Jerry Falduto
    Dash 89k U.S. Navy Photo Naval Historical Center
    Dash 166k Valletta, Malta Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Dash 237k 21 February 1956
    Genoa, Italy
    Moored with two unidentified MSOs
    Carlo Martinelli
    Dash 227k
    Dash 155k c. August 1972
    Newport, RI
    Approaching Pier 1 upon returning from an around-the-world Mid-East deployment that included Combat Action in Vietnam
    Photo by Phillip Esposito
    Paul E. Wieloszynski

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Robert Giamotti, USN14 August 1953 - 1954
    02LCDR Douglas Marvin Johnston, USN1954 - 1955
    03LT Babe Walter Webb, USN1955 - 1957
    04LCDR Leroy George Justman, USN1957 - 1959
    05LCDR Frederick William Ulbricht, USN1959 - 1961
    06LCDR Lee Earl Ashman, USN - USNA Class of 19521961 - 1963
    07LCDR Arthur Emile Boulé, Jr., USN1963 - 1963
    08LT Paul Patrick Connolly, USN1963 - 1965
    09LT Laverne Wesley Ames, USN1965 - 1967
    10LT Wilton Raymond Clements, USN - USNA Class of 19591967 - 1968
    11CDR George William Gibson, USN1968 - 1968
    12LCDR Delma Hugh Whittle, USN1968 - 28 May 1970
    13LCDR Harold Albert Goldsberry, USN28 May 1970 - 1972
    14LT Elwood Lloyd Gibson, USN1972 - 1973
    15LT John Bernard Lienhard, USNDecember 1973 - 26 October 1975
    16CDR Leslie Wilsdon Hewett, Jr., USN26 October 1975 - 1978
    17LCDR William Arnold Coleman, Jr., USN1978 - 26 October 1980
    18CDR Walter Michael Wasowski, USN26 October 1980 - 2 October 1982
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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