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Exultant (MSO-441)
ex-AM-441



Call sign:
November - Juliet - Quebec - Mike

Aggressive Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down, 22 May 1952 at Higgins Inc., New Orleans, LA
  • Launched, 6 June 1953
  • Commissioned USS Exultant (AM-441), 31 March 1954
  • Reclassified as an Ocean Minesweeper, MSO-441, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 30 June 1993 and laid up at Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility Portsmouth, VA
  • Struck from the Navy Register 9 March 1994
  • Sold for scrap 4 December 2000 to Baltimore Marine Industries, Baltimore, MD.

    Specifications:

    Displacement 775 t.
    Length 172'
    Beam 35'
    Draft 12'
    Speed 14 kts.
    Complement 78
    Armament: As built, one 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: Four Packard ID1700 diesel engines, replaced by four Waukesha Motors Co. diesels, controllable pitch propellers, two shafts.


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    USS Exultant (MSO 441)
    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 (MSO 423), Exultant, the Belgium Minesweeper F. Bovesse (M 909) (ex-MSO-516), and Fidelity (MSO 443).
    Photo courtesy of Leroy D. "Mo" Mahoney
    Official U.S. Navy Photo
    Belgium MSO Web Site
    Exultant 115k . Jerry Crow, ETR2 Crew member 1973/74
    Exultant 69k c. 1956
    Valetta, Malta
    Photo by A. & J. Pavia from the 1956/1957 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    Exultant 100k c. mid-1960s
    U.S. Navy photo
    Robert M. Cieri
    Exultant 355k c. 1969 Leland Rogers, RM3, Crew member 1969/70
    Exultant 239k c. 1969/70
    Highlining with Fearless (MSO 442)
    Exultant 386k 21 September 1971
    Departing La Spezia, Italy
    Carlo Martinelli
    Exultant 110k c. 1980s
    Wilmington NC
    Al Hines
    Exultant 388k 1 January 1983
    U.S. Navy photo DN-SC-83-09047
    Robert Hurst
    Exultant 312k c. 1984 - 1986
    Welcome Aboard pamphlet
    Robert M. Cieri
    Exultant 374k
    Exultant 320k
    Exultant 355k
    Exultant
    Exultant/Affray 48k c. December 2000.
    Awaiting scrapping at Baltimore, MD.
    Save An MSO Website
    Rick Szpyrka, Richard Lewis, and Al Hines
    Exultant/Affray 49k

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Robert T. Gregory, USN22 June 1954 - 30 March 1955
    02LCDR John F. Hawkins, USN30 March 1955 - 5 April 1956
    03LCDR Alan Lee Peek, USN5 April 1956 - 13 July 1957
    04LT Alva Manly Bowen, Jr., USN13 July 1957 - 10 July 1958
    05LT Samuel L. Doak, USN10 July 1958 - 8 July 1959
    06LCDR George E. McPadden, USN8 July 1959 - 31 July 1960
    07LCDR Murray Alan Hess, USN31 July 1960 - 13 April 1962
    08LCDR Daniel Thomas Bridge, USN13 April 1962 - 27 September 1963
    09CDR Robert Malcolm Marshall, USN27 September 1963 - 24 May 1965
    10LT George A. Overstreet, USN24 May 1965 - 5 May 1967
    11LT Weldon J. Bowling, USN5 May 1967 - 30 August 1968
    12LT Lee Neal Schofield, USN30 August 1968 - 20 March 1970
    13LCDR Jay Phillip Dorfer, USN20 Match 1970 - 4 June 1971
    14LT Ronald W. Harding, USN4 June 1971 - 11 August 1972
    15LT Richard M. Currier, USN11 August 1972 - 3 March 1974
    16LT Thomas Stephen O'Keefe, Jr., USN3 March 1974 - 10 April 1976
    17LT Charles T. Ristoricelli, USN10 April 1976 - 8 July 1977
    18LCDR Howard David Kirkpatrick, USN8 July 1977 - 10 August 1979
    19CDR John Guy Strohaker, USN10 August 1979 - 1 May 1982
    20CDR Philip Francis Shullo, Jr., USN1 May 1982 - 14 January 1984
    21LCDR Christopher Edward Weaver, USN - USNA Class of 1971
    Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon - Retired as RADM
    14 January 1984 - 19 July 1986
    22LCDR Peter Wynkoop, Jr., USN19 July 1986 - 20 February 1988
    23LCDR William Thomas Bassett, USN20 February 1988 - 15 March 1988
    24CDR John Kirkland Ross, USN15 March 1988 - 19 September 1988
    25CDR James Joseph Lobue, USN19 September 1988 - 24 October 1988
    26LCDR Donald E. Dalton, USN24 October 1988 - 6 January 1989
    27LCDR James Byron Campbell, USN6 January 1989 - 15 January 1989
    28CDR John Kirkland Ross, USN15 January 1989 - 15 February 1989
    29LT Michael Prince, USN15 February 1989 - 28 April 1989
    30LCDR James Lonail Clark, USN28 April 1989 - 19 March 1991
    31LCDR Steven Eugene Lehr, USN19 March 1991 - 30 September 1991
    32LCDR Elliot Powell, Jr., USN30 September 1991 - 21 February 1992
    33LCDR Murray Alan Hess, Jr., USN21 February 1992 - 30 June 1993
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Joe Radigan and Bill Gonyo

    View the Exultant (MSO 441)
    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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