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USS Conquest (AM-488)

USS Conquest (MSO-488)
United States
Name: USS Conquest (MSO-488)
Builder: J. M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corp., Tacoma, Washington
Laid down: 26 March 1953
Launched: 20 May 1954
Commissioned: 8 July 1955
Decommissioned: 29 June 1994
Reclassified: MSO-488, 7 February 1955
Struck: 29 June 1994
Fate: Sold to Taiwan, 1 March 1995
Name: ROCS Yung Tzu (MSO-1307)
Acquired: 1 March 1995
Cost: $742,779
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Aggressive-class minesweeper
Displacement: 775 long tons (787 t) full load
Length: 172 ft (52 m)
Beam: 35 ft (11 m)
Draft: 12 ft (3.7 m)
Speed: 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Complement: 8 officers, 70 enlisted
  • As built :
  • 1 × single 40 mm gun mount
  • 2 × .50 cal (12.7 mm) twin machine guns
  • Final configuarion :
  • 1 × twin 20 mm gun mount
  • 2 × .50 cal (12.7 mm) twin machine guns

USS Conquest (MSO-488) was an Aggressive-class minesweeper in the United States Navy.

Conquest was laid down by the J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corp. of Tacoma, Washington on 26 March 1953 as AM-488, launched on 20 March 1954 by Mrs. C. D. Henderson. She was reclassified MSO-488 on 7 February 1955, and commissioned on 8 July 1955 with Lieutenant E. L. Davis in command.

Service history

One of a new type of non-magnetic minesweepers, Conquest remained operating out of Long Beach, California on trials and training until 2 October 1956. She sailed to Acapulco, Mexico, for a good will visit from 10 to 14 October, then returned to Long Beach to prepare for her first tour of duty in the Far East. Sailing 4 March 1957, Conquest visited Chinhae, South Korea, and Kaohsiung, Formosa for operations with the Republic of China Navy; Hong Kong, and various ports in Japan before returning to Long Beach on 13 September 1957 for overhaul. During 1958 she operated locally out of Long Beach and conducted a series of minesweeping exercises at Esquimalt, Nootka Sound, and Vancouver, British Columbia, from 6 October to 19 November. Between 17 August 1959 and 13 March 1960, she again served in the Far East, returning to local operations through June 1960.

Conquest was decommissioned on 29 June 1994, stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 29 June 1994 and sold on 1 March 1995. Conquest was sold to Taiwan to be designated Yung Tzu (MSO-1307) for $742,779

Call sign: "November - Tango - Alpha - Whiskey"


Conquest received 26 unit awards and citations:


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