USS Conflict (AM-426)

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USS Conflict (MSO-426) underway, circa 1954.
History
Name: USS Conflict
Builder: Fulton Shipyard, Antioch, California
Laid down: 13 August 1951
Launched: 16 December 1952
Commissioned: 23 March 1954, as AM-426
Decommissioned: 12 January 1973
Reclassified: MSO-426 (Ocean Minesweeper), 7 February 1955
Fate: Sold for scrapping, 1973
General characteristics
Class and type: Aggressive-class minesweeper
Displacement: 630 long tons (640 t)
Length: 172 ft (52 m)
Beam: 36 ft (11 m)
Draft: 10 ft (3.0 m)
Propulsion:
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)
Complement: 72
Armament: 1 × 40 mm gun mount

USS Conflict (AM-426/MSO-426) was an Aggressive-class minesweeper in the United States Navy.

Conflict was laid down on 13 August 1951 at Fulton Shipyard, Antioch, California. Launched on 16 December 1952, she was commissioned on 23 March 1954. She was later redesignated as an Ocean Minesweeper MSO-426 on 7 February 1955.

Service history[edit]

Conflict operated on the west coast between 12 April 1954 and 4 January 1956, conducting acoustic ranging experiments, noise reduction experiments, and removing practice mine fields. She was reclassified MSO-426 on 7 February 1955.

She sailed from Long Beach, California, 4 January 1956 for Pearl Harbor, where between 15 January and 20 February, she conducted underwater photography operations. She returned to Long Beach 1 March, and during April conducted shock tests off San Clemente Island, California. Conflict joined harbor defense exercises at San Diego, California, and carried out other local operations until 5 August 1957, when she sailed from Long Beach for Pearl Harbor, Midway Island, and Yokosuka, Japan, arriving on 31 August.

She operated in Japanese waters, called at Hong Kong, and joined ships of the Republic of China in minesweeping exercises off Formosa, returning to Long Beach 1 March for west coast operations during the remainder of the year. She returned to duty in the Far East on 14 March 1960, calling at Manila, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japanese ports before sailing for the west coast on 24 June. Local operations were resumed through the remainder of 1960.

Decommissioning[edit]

Conflict was decommissioned in June 1972. Struck from the Naval Register, (date unknown), and sold for scrapping on January 12 1973 to Al Kidman, Wilmington, California, for $32,000.

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References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

External links[edit]

  • Photo gallery of USS Conflict (AM-426/MSO-426) at NavSource Naval History