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USS Exploit (MSO-440)

For other ships of the same name, see USS Exploit.
Career (US)
Builder: Higgins Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana
Laid down: 28 December 1951
Launched: 10 April 1953
Commissioned: 31 March 1954
Decommissioned: 16 December 1993
Reclassified: MSO-440 7 February 1955
Struck: 28 March 1994
Fate: Sold, 4 December 2000
General characteristics
Class & type: Aggressive class minesweeper
Displacement: 775 tons
Length: 172 ft (52.43 m)
Beam: 36 ft (10.97 m)
Draught: 10 ft (3.05 m)
Propulsion: Four Packard ID1700 diesel engines, replaced by four Waukasha Motors Co. diesels, two shafts, two controllable pitch propellers.
Speed: 14 knots
Complement: 70
Armament: 1 40mm., 2 .50-cal. mg

The USS Exploit (AM-440) was an Aggressive class minesweeper: laid down, 28 December 1951 at Higgins Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana; launched, 10 April 1953; commissioned USS Exploit (AM-440), 31 March 1954; redesignated as an Ocean Minesweeper MSO-440, 7 February 1955.

Armament: as built, one single 40mm gun mount, two .50 cal. machine guns, final configuration, bow gun replaced by one twin 20mm gun mount, two .50 cal. machine guns remain.

North Atlantic operations

USS Exploit arrived at Charleston, South Carolina, her home port, 13 March 1955, and began her participation in major fleet exercises, and local and Caribbean training. In 1954, 1957, and 1958, she served with the U.S. 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean, participating in exercises and visiting a variety of ports. Her stateside schedule through June 1960 included work in experimental development of mine warfare and defense in Florida waters.

On 28 October 1960 USS Exploit again sailed for duty with the U.S. 6th Fleet and remained there through the end of the year.


USS Exploit was decommissioned, 16 December 1993; laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Portsmouth, Virginia; struck from the Naval Register, 28 March 1994; sold, 4 December 2000 to Baltimore Marine Industries, Baltimore, Maryland, for scrapping.


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External links

  • NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive - Exploit (MSO 440) - ex-AM-440
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