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Detector (MSO-429)

Call sign:
November - India - Mike - November

Dash Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 1 October 1951 by the Astoria Marine Construction Co., Astoria, Oregon
  • Launched 5 December 1952
  • Commissioned USS Detector (AM-429), 26 January 1953
  • Reclassified as an Ocean Minesweeper (nonmagnetic), MSO-429, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 2 October 1982
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 December 1983
  • 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 single 40mm gun mount and two .50 cal. machine guns; Final configuration, bow gun replaced by one twin 20mm gun mount, two .50 cal. machine guns remain
  • Propulsion: Two General Motors 8-278A diesel engines, two shafts, two controllable pitch propellers.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Detector 41k Tom Sparkman
    Detector 34k
    Detector 92k U.S. Navy photo Joe Radigan
    Detector 78k Detector and Fortify (MSO 446)
    U.S. Navy photo from All Hands magazine
    Detector 60k U.S. Navy photo from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships Robert Hurst
    Detector 76k c. 1950s
    In an unidentified small auxiliary floating dry dock (AFDL)
    David Wright
    Photo added 14 March 2022
    Dash/Detector/Dominant 132k c. 1956
    La Spezia, Italy
    Nested between Dash (MSO 428) and Dominant (MSO 431)
    Daniele Todisco
    Dash/Detector/Dominant 130k
    Dash 237k 21 February 1956
    La Spezia, Italy
    Nested between Dash (MSO 428) and Dominant (MSO 431)
    Carlo Martinelli
    Dash 227k

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Jack Elzey Tingle, USN - USNA Class of 194426 January 1954 - October 1955
    02LT James William Strobel, USN26 October 1955 - 15 November 1957
    03LCDR John Roger Oest, USN15 November 1957 - January 1960
    04LCDR John Henry Donald Williams, USNJanuary 1960 - 9 June 1962
    05LCDR Cornelius Stribling Snodgrass, Jr., USN9 June 1962 - 8 January 1965
    06LCDR Marvin Frank Hanigan, USN8 January 1965 - 20 January 1967
    07LCDR Charles D. Collis, USN20 January 1967 - 8 November 1968
    08LCDR Robert M. Morse, USN8 November 1968 - 7 August 1970
    09LCDR Bernard Francis McMahon, Jr., USN7 August 1970 - March 1972
    10LCDR Edmund Colby Munger, USN - USNA Class of 1967March 1972 - 19 August 1973
    11LCDR A. F. Sullivan, USNR (Naval Reserve Commanding Officer)1972 - 1973
    12LCDR Edward Anthony McKenney, USN - USNA Class of 196619 August 1973 - 9 August 1975
    13LCDR Douglas Beecher Quelch, USN9 August 1975 - August 1977
    14LCDR David Van Saun, USNAugust 1977 - August 1979
    15CDR Dennis Irving Parsons, USNAugust 1979 - July 1981
    16CDR John J. Felloney, USNJuly 1981 - 1 October 1982
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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