USS Bulwark (AM-425)
|Laid down:||12 December 1951|
|Launched:||14 March 1953|
|Commissioned:||12 November 1953|
|Struck:||28 February 1975|
|Homeport:||Charleston, South Carolina|
|Fate:||disposed of by Navy sale 1 May 1980|
|Length:||172 ft (52 m)|
|Beam:||36 ft (11 m)|
|Draught:||10 ft (3.0 m)|
|Armament:||one 40mm mount|
Bulwark was launched 14 March 1953 by Norfolk Naval Shipyard; sponsored by Mrs. J. L. Maloney, wife of Captain Maloney, and commissioned 12 November 1953, Lieutenant J. A. Paulick in command.
East Coast operations
Bulwark conducted shakedown off Florida. During her first year of service she was engaged in a limited amount of duty due to her relatively new design which in the course of operations brought about numerous alterations.
In May 1955 Bulwark was ordered to join the U.S. 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean and on 18 May, with other members Or her division, she sailed into Lisbon, Portugal. Bulwark returned to Charleston, South Carolina., 4 October 1955.
Since that time she has operated out of Charleston conducting type training and exercises along the eastern seaboard and in the Caribbean.
Bulwark's classification was changed to MSO-425, 7 February 1955. Stricken 28 February 1975, she was disposed of by Navy sale 1 May 1980.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.