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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive
Courtesy of Al Grazevich
Courtesy of Mike Smolinski
Swerve (MSO 495)
November - Sierra - Foxtrot - Bravo
Aggressive Class Minesweeper:Laid down 20 December 1954 as AM-495 at Boward Marine, Fort Lauderdale, FloridaReclassified as an Ocean Minesweeper, MSO-495, 7 February 1955Launched 1 November 1955Commissioned USS Swerve (MSO-495), 27 July 1957Decommissioned 1 July 1971 and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve FleetSold for scrap 1 February 1978 by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service.
Specifications:Displacement 630 t.(lt), 755 t.(fl)Length 172'Beam 35'Draft 10'Speed 14 kts.Complement 80Armament: 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 remainPropulsion: Four Packard ID1700 diesel engines, two shafts, two controllable pitch propellers.
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Navy Yard Charleston, SC
Swerve, Adroit (MSO 509), Sturdy (MSO 494) and an unidentified MSO in Dry Dock No, 2. The destroyer Manley (DD 940) and tank landing ship Tallahatchie County (LST 1154) are in the distance.
|01||LCDR Kenneth Howard Eaton, USN||27 July 1957|
|02||LCDR Rodion Cantacuzene, USN||1963|
|03||LT Charles David Ewing, USN||1965|
|05||LCDR James Donald Firnbach, USN||1970|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
View the Swerve (MSO-495)
DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
102 Minesweepers (MSO) Oceangoing Minesweepers
Naval Minewarfare Association
Association of Minemen
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