USS Salute II  

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Salute II MSO-470

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Salute II
(MSO-470: dp. 775 (f.) 1. 172', b. 35', dr. 14', s. 14 k.; cpl. 72; a. 1 10mm.; cl. Aggressive)

The second Salute (AM-470) was laid down on 17 March 1953 by the Luders Marine Construction Co., Stamford, Conn.; launched on 14 August 1954, sponsored by Mrs. Frederick A. Edwards, reclassified MSO-470 on 7 February 1955, and commissioned on 4 May 1955, Lt. John James Parish in command.

Based at Charleston, S.C., Salute provided minesweeping services along the east coast, in the Caribbean, and in the Mediterranean from 1955 through 1970. Duty with the 6th Fleet took her to the Mediterranean six times during this period. In March 1966 Salute used special equipment to aid in the search off the Spanish coast for an H-bomb lost in waters off Palomares after a mid-air bomber collision. In May 1967, she received visitors on board while at the world's fair at Montreal, Canada.

She remained active in the Atlantic Fleet until decommissioned on 15 May 1970 for mine warfare conversion. However, on 16 October, her conversion was canceled; she was struck from the Navy list on 1 February 1971; and was sold for scrapping in August.