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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive

Left patch courtesy of Bill Yates, right patch courtesy of Tommy Trampp

Advance (MSO 510)

Call sign:
November - Uniform - Zulu - Xray

Acme Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 28 June 1955 at Frank L. Sample, Jr., Inc., Boothbay Harbor, Maine
  • Launched 12 July 1956
  • Commissioned 16 June 1958
  • Decommissioned in December 1970 and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Mare Island Group
  • Struck from the Navy Register 15 May 1976
  • Sold for scrap 6 January 1977 to Oskco Edwards of Capistrano Beach, CA for $40,010
  • Later sold several times to private owners and is now docked at a private island near the Riverside Holland Marina in Knightsen, California
  • Caught fire/set afire 23 November 2013 and burned to the waterline.


  • Displacement 633 t.(lt), 750 t.(fl)
  • Length 173'
  • Beam 36'
  • Draft 14'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 78
  • Armament: One 40mm gun mount and two .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Four 570shp Packard diesel engines, two shafts, two controllable pitch propellers.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Advance (MSO 510)
    Advance 84k . Original photo: 102 Minesweeper website
    Dick Lewis
    Replacement photo: Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Advance 252k 9 August 1965
    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    Photo by Walter E. Frost from City of Vancouver Archives
    Michael Mohl
    Advance 225k c. 1968
    U.S. Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Advance (MSO 510)
    Lucid 80k 23 May 1972
    Mare Island Reserve Facility
    Lucid (MSO 458) and the Advance, along with two other unidentified Aggressive class minesweepers. In the background can be seen the mothballed Markab (AR-23)
    Photo from "Warship Boneyards," by Kitt and Carolyn Bonner
    Robert Hurst
    Advance 22k Photo taken November 1999 near Stockton, CA. Supposedly scrapped in 1977 Larry Sanderson
    Advance 12k c. 2007
    Beaver Island, Knightsen, CA
    For sale - $399,000 (along with Beaver Island)
    Tom Lawson
    Advance 26k
    Advance 43k
    Advance 122k 23 November 2013
    Photos by Kevin Hinman from Facebook
    Joe Radigan
    Advance 189k
    Advance 219k

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Coleman T. Brown, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 194916 June 1958 - 6 July 1959
    02LCDR Robert Judson Gorton, USN - USNA Class of 19466 July 1959 - 27 July 1961
    03LCDR Foy Hook Bouknight, USN27 July 1961 - 22 July 1963
    04LCDR William Henry Cowles Self, USN22 July 1963 - 27 July 1965
    05LCDR William Joseph Burch, USN27 July 1965 - 24 July 1967
    06LCDR John Douglas Albright, USN24 July 1967 - August 1969
    07LT/LCDR Jimmy Don Henderson, USN - USNA Class of 1961August 1969 - 27 August 1970
    08LT John Thomas Donnelly, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 196427 August 1970 - 23 October 1970
    09LT William Arnold Coleman, Jr., USN23 October 1970 - 23 December 1970
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    View the Advance (MSO-510)
    DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway website
    Additional Resources and Websites of Interest
    102 Minesweepers (MSO) Oceangoing Minesweepers
    Back To The Main Photo Index Back To the Mine Warfare Ship Photo Index Back to the Ocean Minesweeper (MSO) Photo Index

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