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Observer II MSW-461

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Observor II
(MSW461: dp. 775; 1. 172'; b. 35'; dr. 10'; s. 14 k., cpl. 70; a.1 40mm, 2.50 cal. mg.; GL Aggressive)

The second Observer was laid down 20 July 1953 as AM-461 by Higgins Inc., New Orleans, La., launched 19 October 1954 sponsored by Mrs. E. V. Richards, recIassified MSO-461 on 2 February 1955; commissioned 31 August 1955, Lt. Comdr. P. H. Barkley in command.

After fitting out, Observer joined the Atlantic Fleet Mine Force and participated in minesweeping exercises prior to deploying to the Mediterranean. Observer sailed for the Mediterranean 1 May 1956 as part of Mine Division 85 After ports of eall in the Mediterranean, she participated in NATO exercises in the area of Harwich, England. Following these exercises, Observer made good will visits to several Seandanavian countries, France, Portugal, Italy and Gibraltar. She departed Gibraltar 28 September and began the long trip home, arriving 13 October.

Observer participated in operations along the Atlantic seaboard, m the Caribbean and off Panama during the first half of 1957. In June 1957, she visited Hampton Roads, Va. for the Naval Review. Then Observer put into Norfolk Navy Yard for an extended overhaul. Then eame refresher training, and exercises prior to deploying to the Mediterranean in January 1958. Observer continued this trend of operations, depolying with the 6th Fleet and participating in exercises along the Atlantic coast and in the Caribbean, into 1970.