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Courtesy of Al Grazevich

Left patch courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, right patch courtesy of Mike Smolinski

Salute (MSO 470)

Call sign:
November - Bravo - Oscar - Papa

Aggressive Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 15 March 1953 as AM-470 by the Luders Marine Construction Co., Stamford, Connecticut
  • Launched 14 August 1954
  • Reclassified as an Ocean Minesweeper, MSO-470, 7 February 1955
  • Commissioned USS Salute (MSO-470), 4 May 1955
  • Decommissioned 15 May 1970
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 February 1971
  • Sold for scrapping in 1971 to Charles Gural of Rahway, NJ for $1,700.


  • 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. 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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    435k The U.S. Navy minesweepers Salute (MSO-470), left, and Agile (MSO-421) under construction at Luders Marine Construction, Stamford, Connecticut, in 1954. Agile was laid down on 22 February 1954. National Archives Identifier: 6933269
    Photo courtesy of, via Robert Hurst.
    Salute 228k 26 January 1955
    Luders Marine Construction Co., Stamford, Connecticut
    National Archives photo ARC Identifier 6932487
    Robert Hurst
    Salute 43k Al Hines
    Salute 103k Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Notable 93k 22 January 1964
    Charleston, SC
    USS Notable (MSO 460), Salute 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

    Commanding Officers
    01LT/LCDR John James Parish, USN4 May 1955 - 28 MArch 1957
    02LCDR Charles Edward Bradford, USN28 March 1957 - 1960
    03LCDR Robert Thomas Ruxton, Jr., USN1960 - 1961
    04LCDR Raymond Francis Keough, USN1961 - December 1962
    05LT/LCDR Eugene Edward Sheehy, USNDecember 1962 - July 1964
    06LCDR Jean Milton Fitts, USN - USNA Class of 1952
    Retired as Commander
    July 1964 - 3 August 1966
    07LT/LCDR William Henry Lockard, USN3 August 1966 - 14 September 1968
    08LCDR Weldon James Bowling, USN14 September 1968 - January 1970
    09LT Edward Francis Kosnik, USNJanuary 1970 - 14 May 1970
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Joseph M. Radigan (of blessed memory) and Richard C. Dreger

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