USS Endurance (AM-435)

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United States
Laid down: 28 January 1952
Launched: 8 August 1952
Commissioned: 19 May 1954
Decommissioned: 1 July 1972
Struck: 1 July 1972
Homeport: Long Beach, California
Fate: sold for scrapping, 1974
General characteristics
Displacement: 620 tons
Length: 172 ft (52 m)
Beam: 36 ft (11 m)
Draught: 10 ft (3.0 m)
Speed: 16 knots
Complement: 74
Armament: one 40 mm mount

USS Endurance (AM-435/MSO-435) (a.k.a. "Citrus Juliette") was an Aggressive-class minesweeper acquired by the U.S. Navy for the task of removing mines from waters that had been placed there to prevent the safe passage of ships.

The second ship to be named Endurance by the Navy, AM-435 was launched 8 August 1952 by J. M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corp., Tacoma, Washington; sponsored by Miss Gerry A. Borovich; and commissioned 19 May 1954, Lieutenant L. E. Martin in command. She was reclassified MSO-435 on 7 February 1955.

Pacific Ocean operations[edit]

On 21 April 1954, Endurance arrived at Long Beach, California, her home port, and began training operations along the southern coast of California. In July 1955 she made a good will cruise to Acapulco, Mexico, returning to local duty on exercises, drills, and operations with ships of other types.

Endurance made her first cruise to the Far East between August 1957 and February 1958, during which she exercised with ships of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force and the navy of the Republic of China. Her second tour of duty in the Far East, from January through July 1960, included minesweeping exercises at Okinawa, and another period of assistance to the Chinese navy in developing their modern mine warfare techniques. Arriving at Long Beach on 19 July, the remainder of the year was given to operations and ship overhaul.

On 13 Jun 1969, in Subic Bay, Philippines, USS Endurance was accidentally rammed by a Royal Navy submarine, HMS Rorqual (S02) with minor damage.[1]

Endurance was stricken 1 July 1972 and disposed of by Navy sale December 1973.


  1. ^ Web Page for USS Endurance, coverage of Rorqual incident.

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