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Prestige (MSO-465)

Grounded and abandoned 23 August 1958

Aggressive Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 15 April 1952 by Wilmington Boat Works Inc., Wilmington, CA
  • Launched 30 April 1954
  • Commissioned USS Prestige (AM-465), 11 September 1954
  • Reclassified as an Ocean Minesweeper, MSO-465, 7 February 1955
  • Grounded 23 August 1958 in Naruto Straits, Inland Sea, Japan and abandoned as a total loss.


  • 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 remained
  • Propulsion: Four Packard ID1700 diesel engines, two shafts, two controllable pitch propellers.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Prestige (AM 465)
    Prestige 226k 27 July 1954
    National Archives photo from the Bureau of Ships collection ARC Identifier 6933244
    Robert Hurst
    USS Prestige (MSO 465)
    Prestige 140k Russ Padden
    Prestige 97k Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Prestige 123k Taken in Long Beach in late 1957. Note that she is in her original MSO configuration with a short stack and a boom for handling the motor whaleboatPhoto courtesy of Jerry Tallent Save An MSO Web Site
    Dick Lewis
    Prestige 343k Prestige hard aground Naruto Straits, Inland Sea of Japan 23 August 1958
    Photos from BM2 Ernie Shea, USS Current (ARS 22)
    Tom Lawson

    Commanding Officers
    01LT/LCDR Clifford Lewis Frink, Sr., USN11 September 1954 - 11 April 1956
    02LCDR Herbert Eugene Childers, USN11 April 1956 - 6 November 1957
    03LCDR Harold James Yerly, USN6 November 1957 - 23 August 1958
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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