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Courtesy of Al Grazevich

Rival (MSO 468)

Call sign:
November - Mike - Whiskey - Hotel

Aggressive Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 1 February 1952 by the Luders Marine Construction Co., Stamford, CT
  • Launched 1 February 1952
  • Commissioned USS Rival (AM-468), 3 September 1954
  • Reclassified as an Ocean Minesweeper, MSO-468, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 15 May 1970
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 February 1971
  • Sold for scrap in August 1971 to Charles Gural of Rahway, NJ for $2,700.


  • 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, 40mm mount later replaced by one twin 20mm gun mount
  • Propulsion: Four Packard ID1700 diesel engines, replaced by four Waukasha Motors Co. diesel engines, two shafts, two controllable pitch propellers.
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    Rival (MSO 468)
    507k The U.S. Navy minesweeper Rival (MSO-468) at Luders Marine Construction, Stamford, Connecticut, on 8 December 1953. National Archives Identifier: 6932490
    Photo courtesy of, from the Bureau of Ships collection via Robert Hurst.
    Rival 375k c. 1954
    National Archives photo ARC Identifier 6933264 from the Navy Bureau of Ships collection
    Robert Hurst
    USS Rival (MSO 468)
    745k The U.S. Navy minesweeper Rival (MSO-468) underway in 1954. National Archives Identifier: 6933265
    Photo courtesy of, from the Bureau of Ships collection via Robert Hurst.
    Rival 115k Bob Hawkins
    Crew member July 1959 to June 1961
    Ability, Notable, Rival 115k c. 1966
    Newport, RI
    Rival with Ability (MSO-519) inboard and Notable (MSO-460) outboard
    © Richard Leonhardt
    Rival 158k c. 1966
    During her search for a nuclear bomb lost off Palomares, Spain
    David Wright
    Rival 51k c. 1968
    Refueling from Chewauken (AOG 50)
    Rival 170k c. December 1968
    Refueling in mid-Atlantic from Traverse County (LST 1160)
    © Jerry Search

    Commanding Officers
    01LT William Markey Georgen, USN - USNA Class of 19473 September 1954 - 26 January 1956
    02LT/LCDR William Earle Fowler, USN26 January 1956 - 1958
    03LCDR Robert Charles Noll, USN1958 - 1960
    04LCDR William Benson Hooffstetter, USN1961 - 1962
    05LCDR/CDR Andrew Jackson Marshaw, USN1962 - 7 May 1964
    06LT/LCDR Robert Kahle Pierce, USN - USNA Class of 19547 May 1964 - 27 August 1965
    07LCDR Charles Robert Smith, USN27 August 1965 - 27 March 1968
    08LT/LCDR Alfred Henry Spruell, Jr., USN27 March 1968 - 28 August 1969
    09LT Joe Ramon Lee, USN28 August 1969 - 19 December 1969
    10LT Buford Frederick Howell, USN - USNA Class of 196619 December 1969 - 11 June 1970
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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