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Courtesy of Al Grazevich

Pinnacle (MSO 462)

Call sign:
November - Juliet - Hotel - Juliet

Aggressive Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 24 August 1953 as AM-462 by Higgins Inc., New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 3 January 1955
  • Reclassified as an Ocean Minesweeper, MSO-462, 7 February 1955
  • Commissioned USS Pinnacle (MSO-462), 21 October 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 November 1977
  • Sold for scrapping 1 May 1978 by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service to C. B. Herter of Hopewell, VA, for $26,491.


  • Displacement 630 t.(lt), 755 t.(fl)
  • Length 172'
  • Beam 35'
  • Draft 10'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 80
  • 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, two shafts, two controllable pitch propellers.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Pinnacle 87k . 102 Minesweeper
    Dick Lewis
    Pinnacle 45k . Tom Sparkman
    Pinnacle 94k . Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Pinnacle 60k Moored to pier with Vanguard (T-AGM 19) Robert Hurst
    Pinnacle 70k c. 1957
    Underway in British waters
    Photo by Wright and Logan, Southsea, England from the 1958/1959 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Pinnacle 392k c. 1960
    Breaking away from Terrebonne Parish (LST 1156) after highlining
    Nick Gardner, QM3, LST-1156 1959-61
    Nimble 382k These minesweepers look smart and sturdy as they execute coordinated movements in training. Shown are USS Skill
    (MSO 471), USS Nimble (MSO 459)
    , Pinnacle and USS Sagacity (MSO 469)
    U.S. Navy photo from the April 1960 edition of All Hands magazine
    Joe Radigan
    Pinnacle 92k c. 1960
    Photo by Sktfotos from the 1960/1961 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    Pinnacle 64k Photo courtesy of Roland Kelly, 1965 - 1966 Mediterranean Cruise Book Tom Lawson

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Orval Keith Hallam, USN21 October 1955 - 9 March 1957
    02LCDR Donald Richard Cottingham, USN9 March 1957 - 1959
    03LCDR John Robert Hoover, USN1959 - 2 January 1961
    04LCDR Franklin Emil Laskowski, USN2 January 1961 - 1963
    05LCDR Thomas Durell Shearer, USN1963 - 17 July 1964
    06LCDR Arthur Taylor Ward, USN - USNA Class of 195117 July 1964 - 9 August 1965
    07LT/LCDR Dudley Ray Overton, USN9 August 1965 - 1967
    08LCDR James Allen Mace, USN1967 - 15 November 1969
    09LT/LCDR Douglas William Simmons, USN15 November 1969 - 24 November 1970
    ??LCDR John Hoover, USN
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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