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Courtesy of Al Grazevich

Patches from left to right courtesy of Mike Smolinski (both on left), Floyd Farrar, and Roy Makin

Inflict (MSO 456)

Call sign:
November - Lima - Yankee - Oscar

Aggressive Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 29 October 1952 at Wilmington Boat Works Inc., Wilmington, CA
  • Launched 16 October 1953
  • Commissioned USS Inflict (AM-456), 11 May 1954
  • Reclassified as an Ocean Minesweeper, MSO-456, 7 February 1955
  • Inflict changed divisions in September 1967 and became a part of Mine Division 71. The division consisted of: Dynamic (MSO 432), Engage (MSO 433), Impervious (MSO 449), Inflict and
    Fortify (MSO 446)
  • Decommissioned 30 March 1990
  • Struck from the Naval Register 23 May 1990
  • Sold for scrap 4 December 1992 by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service to Sea Witch Salvage of Baltimore, MD. for $12,000.


  • 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 Waukasha Motors Co. diesel engines, two shafts, two controllable pitch propellers.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Inflict 51k 102 Minesweeper
    Dick Lewis
    Inflict 82k . Floyd Farrar EM2
    crewmember 1958-62
    member Naval Minewarfare Association
    Inflict 92k . Joe Radigan
    Inflict 571k U.S. Navy photo Tom Langford
    Fortify 115k Pearl Harbor, HI
    Inflict, Loyalty (MSO 457) and Fortify (MSO 446)
    Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Inflict 110k U.S. Navy photo from the October 1955 edition of All Hands magazine Joe Radigan
    Inflict 640k c. 1960
    Off the Southern California coast
    Floyd Farrar
    Inflict 22k Summer, 1960.
    Hong Kong, nested with Loyalty (MSO-457)
    Inflict 76k c. Mid-1960s.
    Moves away after ship to ship transfer of Packard engine head to Dynamic (MSO 432)
    Photo by George Arthur
    Inflict 71k c. Mid-1960s.
    Moves away
    Photo by George Arthur
    Inflict 70k c. Mid-1960s.
    Photo by George Arthur
    Inflict 63k c. 1961.
    Pier 9, Long Beach Naval Station
    Courtesy Floyd Farrar EM2 crewmember 1958-62 member Naval Minewarfare Assoc.
    Larry Fugh
    Inflict 79k c. 1962
    Off Seal Beach, CA
    Photo by George Arthur
    Floyd Farrar
    Inflict 50k July 1962.
    Off Lahina, Maui
    Inflict 91k c. Fall-1962.
    Off Seal Beach, CA
    MINDIV71 68k c. Fall-1962
    Mine Division 71 off Long Beach breakwater
    Inflict 116k c. August 1962
    Readies for ship to ship transfer with Dynamic (MSO 432)
    Photo by George Arthur
    Embattle 361k 12 June 1963
    From the front to the back: Firm (MSO 444), Force (MSO 445), Reaper MSO-467, Embattle (MSO 434), and Inflict
    Delta Squad
    Engage 316k 13 December 1966
    Mine Division 71 Welcome Home pamphlet
    Tom Nutt
    Engage 173k
    Engage 169k
    Engage 181k
    Inflict 638k 27 October 1981
    Virginia Capes
    A starboard bow view of the ocean minesweeper Inflict underway
    U.S. Navy photo DN-SC-87-05384
    Robert Cieri
    Inflict 485k 1 September 1987
    The ocean minesweeper Inflict heads towards the Persian Gulf to support U.S. Navy escort operations.
    U.S. Navy photo DN-ST-88-01121 by PH2 C. Duvall
    Inflict 281k 1 October 1987
    Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, VA
    A starboard bow view of the ocean minesweeper Inflict moored at the Naval Amphibious Little Creek. The floating crane YD-233 is astern of her and Fortify (MSO 446) is on her
    port side
    U.S. Navy photo DN-ST-88-00964 by JOCS Klinkenberger
    Inflict 360k 1 November 1987
    Persian Gulf
    A starboard quarter view of the ocean minesweeper Inflict underway
    U.S. Navy photo DN-ST-88-02722 by PH1 Mussi
    Fearless 390k Grapple (ARS-53) tows the ocean minesweepers Inflict, USS Fearless (MSO 442) and USS Illusive (MSO 448) to the Persian Gulf to support U.S. Navy escort operations. The ships departed Little Creek, VA., on 6 September 1987. Traveling via the Suez Canal and arriving in the Gulf of Oman on 2 November 1987. At the time, the 9,000-nautical-mile (17,000 km) trip was the longest distance three ships were towed by one
    U.S. Navy photo ID DN-ST-88-01143 by PH2 C. Duvall
    Robert Hurst
    Inflict 117k c. December 1987.
    Inflict getting underway while an RH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter practices minesweeping techniques in the Persian Gulf
    DVIC Photo DN-SN-0385c.
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Enhance 233k In the Persian Gulf moored between Enhance (MSO 437) and Mount Vernon (LSD 39)
    U.S. Navy photo by PH1 Chuck Mussi from the January 1988 edition of All Hands magazine
    Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01LT George Thomas Ragon, USN11 May 1954 - 6 June 1955
    02LT Joe Hamilton, USN6 June 1955 - 18 April 1957
    03LCDR Robert Douglas Hill, USN18 April 1957 - 7 November 1958
    04LCDR Joseph Patrick Hickey, USN7 November 1958 - 12 August 1960
    05CDR Lewis Elmer Denny, USN12 August 1960 - 27 July 1962
    06LCDR Glynn Rhea Becker, USN - Awarded the Legion of Merit with Combat V (1966)27 July 1962 - 18 January 1964
    07LCDR Edward Siska, USN18 January 1964 - 3 April 1964
    08LT John Virgil Dirksen, USN - USNA Class of 19603 April 1964 - 17 February 1965
    09LCDR John Cecil Jenkins, USN17 February 1965 - 7 July 1967
    10LCDR Hillary Martin Robinette, USN7 July 1967 - 27 November 1968
    11LT Charles Robert Miller, III, USN27 November 1968 - 5 November 1969
    12LT Richard Jonathan Staley, USN5 November 1969 - 17 November 1970
    13LCDR Philip Michael Tansey, USN - USNA Class of 196217 November 1970 - 6 January 1972
    14LCDR William Ross Fullerton, USN6 January 1972 - 15 August 1972
    15LCDR Arthur Dale Fox, USN15 August 1972 - 17 August 1973
    16LCDR David Lee Wetherell, USN17 August 1973 - 14 August 1975
    17LT Bernard Michael Bianco, USN14 August 1975 - October 1977
    18LCDR David Watson, USNOctober 1977 - 1978
    19LT Michael Oscar Borns, USN - USNA Class of 19701978 - 11 October 1978
    20LCDR Stephen Jack McGinnis, USN11 October 1978 - 1980
    21LCDR Gordon Stallings Holder, USN - Awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, four Legion of Merits, the Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals and two Navy Commendation Medals
    Retired as Vice Admiral
    1980 - 28 August 1982
    22LCDR Paul Kenderson Kessler, Jr., USN28 August 1982 - 14 September 1984
    23CDR Gary Richard Hammond, USN - USNA Class of 197214 September 1984 - 1985
    24CDR David Edward Myers, USN1985 - 5 November 1986
    25CDR Francis Dominic DeMasi, USN5 November 1986 - February 1988
    26LCDR Robert Justin Cox, USN - Retired as Rear AdmiralFebruary 1988 - 16 January 1989
    27LCDR Roderick E. Tice, USN16 January 1989 - July 1989
    28LCDR Kenneth Vandurey, USNJuly 1989 - 15 December 1989
    29LCDR Steven Edward Thornton, USN15 December 1989 - 30 March 1990
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Peter M. Leenhouts, Bill Gonyo and Joe Radigan

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