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Courtesy of Mike Smolinski

Notable (MSO 460)

Call sign:
November - Mike - Yankee - Delta

Aggressive Class Minesweeper:

  • The second i>Notable was laid down 8 June 1953 as AM-460 by Higgins Inc.Shipyard, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 15 October 1954
  • Reclassified as an Ocean Minesweeper, MSO-460, 7 February 1955
  • Commissioned USS Notable (MSO-460), 8 June 1955
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 February 1971
  • Sold for scrap 30 August 1971 to Charles Gural of Rahway, NJ for $2,800.


  • 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 and 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
    Notable 93k U.S. Navy photo David Buell
    Notable 87k c. 1958
    Crossing the Atlantic
    Photo by John Pritchard, USS Salute (MSO 470)
    Tom Lawson
    Notable 101k c. 1963
    Hole in hull after collision with USS Salute (MSO 470)
    Photo by John Pritchard, USS Salute
    Notable 93k 22 January 1964
    Charleston, SC
    Notable, USS Salute (MSO-470) and USS Observer (MSO-461) alongside the internal combustion engine repair ship USS Tutuila (ARG-4)
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo USN 1084462
    Robert Hurst
    Ability, Notable, Rival 115k c. 1966
    Newport, RI
    Outboard of Ability (MSO-519) and Rival (MSO-468)
    © Richard Leonhardt
    Notable 80k c. 1968
    Observer (MSO 461) outboard of Notable
    Photo by EN3 Frank Bosler
    Tom Lawson
    Notable 150k c. December 1968
    Photo taken from USS Traverse County (LST 1160)
    Photo by Jerry Search
    ©Jerry Search

    Commanding Officers
    01LT John Edgar Murdock, USN - USNA Class of 19468 June 1955 - 17 August 1956
    02LT/LCDR Donald Arthur McGaw, USN17 August 1956 - 1959
    03LCDR William Littell Bryan, USN1959 - 1959
    04LCDR Charles Richard Hannum, USN1959 - 5 July 1960
    05LT Harold Homer Freeland, USN5 July 1960 - 16 October 1962
    06LT Stanly Davis Clark, Sr., USN16 October 1962 - 14 November 1964
    07LCDR George Wayne Miller Brown, USN14 November 1964 - January 1967
    08LT David Ervin Buck, USNJanuary 1967 - 1967
    09LCDR Robert Michael Watkins, USN1967- December 1969
    10LTJG Larry Roscoe Elliott, USN - USNA Class of 1967December 1969 - 14 May 1970
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Tom Easley

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