MSO 508 Acme
Approximately the same size as, though with improved capabilities over, the Agile and Aggressive classes, these Naval Reserve Force ships performed the function of Mine Division flagships. During the Cold War the US mine warfare concept was designed around a European war scenario which relied on North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies to participate substantially in mine warfare operations.
The Navy's MCM capabilities in the Persian Gulf included the surface mine countermeasures (SMCM) capabilities of three 30-year-old USS Aggressive and USS Acme (MSO 422 and 508) class minesweepers. These minesweepers used the AN/SQQ-14 MCM sonar to detect bottom and moored mines and mechanical minesweeping gear to cut mine cables.
Two units of this class were stricken in the mid-1970s, to be sold by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping, with the remaining two units similarly discarded in the mid-1990s.
|Displacement||818 tons (full load)|
|Max Speed||14 knots|
|Power Plant||4 - Aluminum block Diesels; 2 shafts, 2,800 bhp|
|Armament||2 - .50 cal twin machine guns|
|Complement||NRF 57 - 5 officer, 52 enlisted
plus 25 reserves
|Builders||Frank L. Sample, Jr., Boothbay Harbor, Maine|
|ADROIT||MSO 509||Sample||Little Creek||25 Jun 1954||04 Mar 1957||08 May 1992|
|AFFRAY||MSO 511||Sample||Charleston||26 Jun 1954||08 Dec 1958||20 Dec 1992|
Sources and Resources
- Acme (MSO-508) - NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive
- ACME (MSO 508) - Naval Vessel Register