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USS Fearless (MSO-442)

USS Fearless (MSO-442)
Name: USS Fearless
Builder: Higgins Industries, New Orleans, Louisiana
Laid down: 23 July 1952
Launched: 17 July 1953
Commissioned: 22 September 1954, as AM-442
Decommissioned: 23 October 1990
Reclassified: MSO-442 (Ocean Minesweeper), 7 February 1955
Struck: 28 October 1990
Fate: Sold for scrap, 1 December 1992
General characteristics
Class & type: [[
Displacement: 853 long tons (867 t) full load
Length: 172 ft (52 m)
Beam: 35 ft (11 m)
Draft: 10 ft (3 m)
Speed: 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)
  • Active: 7 officers, 70 enlisted
  • Naval Reserve Force: 5 officers, 52 enlisted plus 25 reserve
Sensors and
processing systems:
AN/SQQ-14 mine countermeasures sonar
  • 1 × twin 20 mm gun mount
  • 2 × .50 cal (12.7 mm) twin machine guns

USS Fearless (AM/MSO-442) was an [[. She was the third United States Navy ship to carry the name.

Fearless was launched on 17 July 1953 by Higgins, Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana; sponsored by Mrs. A. J. Higgins, Jr.; and commissioned on 22 September 1954, Lieutenant J. Roberts in command. Authorized as AM-442; she was reclassified as an Ocean Minesweeper, MSO-442, 7 February 1955.

Service history

With Royal Canadian Navy, and through that summer experimented with controllable pitch propellers and mine-countermeasures equipment at Charleston and Port Everglades, Florida.

In August 1987 Fearless was towed by Grapple (ARS-53) to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Earnest Will, arriving in mid-September. Full scale mine countermeasures operations began in November of that year. Fearless remained in theatre at least into 1988, clearing mines in the Persian Gulf. Her eligible crew earned the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for her service.

Fearless operated out of Charleston, South Carolina during her entire career. She decommissioned on 23 October 1990, and was struck five days later. She was sold by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for scrapping, 1 December 1992 to Seawitch Salvage, Baltimore, Maryland for $6,000.

Fearless received four Navy "E" Ribbons, one Meritorious Unit Commendation, one Navy Unit Commendation and two Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendations during her career.


External links

  • Photo gallery of USS Fearless (AM-442 at NavSource Naval History
  • Ships class average report
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