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Rival I AM-468

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Rival I

(AM-468: dp. 720 (f.); 1. 172'; b. 36'; dr. 12'; s. 15 k.; cpl. 63;
a. 1 40mm.; cl. Aggressive)

The first Rival (AM-421) was laid down 1 February 1952 by the Luders Marine Construetion Co., Stamford, Conn.; redesignated AM-468; launched 15 August 1953, sponsored by Mrs. F. X. Forest, and commissioned 3 September 1954, Lt. \\iHiam M. Georgen in command.

lledesignated MSO-468 in February 1955, Rival was as~igned as flagship, Mine Division 85 during shakedown. In Afareh 1955 she began operations out of her homeport of Charleston, S.C. Based there since that time, she has operated primarily along the east coast, rotating biennially, except for 1962, to the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean. She has participated in Fleet and NATO exercises and, in 1966, in the successful search (20 February to 8 April) for a nuclear bomb lost off Palomares, Spain. During her operations with the 2d Fleet, she ha~s conducted exercises in the Charleston area and off Puerto Rico and has provided services at Yorktown, Va., and at Mayport and Panama City, Fla. In 1961, she added Caribbean deployments to her schedule and continued them through the decade.

In December 1968, Rival returned from her last Mediterranean cruise of the 1960's. Through 1969 she remained in the western Atlantic and in the Caribbean. In 1970, she prepared for moderization. She arrived at the Todd Shipyard, Brooklyn, N.Y., on 10 June to begin the work; however the contract was terminated 16 October 1970 for the eonvenienee of the government. Rival along with three other ships of her class, was towed to PLiladelDhia Naval Shipyard for storage pending final disposition. In August 1971, the four ships, including Riml, were sold to Mr. Charles Gural of Rohway, N.J.