The USS ADROIT (MSO 509) was built on 18 November 1954 at Boothbay Harbor, Maine, by Frank L. Sample, Jr.,INC. She was launched on 20 August 1955, and was sponsored by Mrs.Alice G. Olsen, wife of Captain Eliot Olsen. The ADROIT was commissioned on 04 March 1957. LCDR J.G. NEMETZ assumed command of this fine ship.
1958-Duty with the 6th Fleet.
Earned the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal as a result of service off the coast of Lebanon. Home port - Charleston, South Carolina.
Participated in the Cuban blockade to keep Russian ships from delivering missiles to Cuba.
1963-Assigned to the Gordon Cooper's Project Mercury space shot.
1970-Conducted tests - Naval Oceanographic Office.
1971-1972-She provided services for the following:
Naval Mine Defense Laboratory
Naval Coastal Systems Laboratory(Panama City, Florida)Naval Ordnance Laboratory Test Facility(Fort Lauderdale, Florida)Mine Warfare School(Charleston, South Carolina)
- During her services in home waters, she concentrated on training, independent ship exercises and goodwill port visits. This included regular overhauls, and repair periods.
- 1973-Homeport change from Charleston to Newport, Rhode Island. Reassignment to Naval Reserve training duty.
- 1977-Changed her homeport to Portsmouth, New Hampshire where she operated for more than four years.
- 1981-Homeported at the Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia.
- 1991-Deployed to the Persian Gulf.
The Multinational Coalition Mine Countermeasure Force found approximately 1300 Iraqi-laid mines in the Gulf.
** Decommissioned on 12 December 1991 **
(34.9 years of service)
She was disposed of by the Navy15 April 1994
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