Wooden Ship - Iron Men



USS Firm (MSO-444)
12 October 1954 - 05 July 1972

This web site for the USS Firm
is dedicated to the men, and their families,
who served onboard this Ocean Going Minesweeper
"... to honor all who served onboard by remembering."

Welcome aboard the USS Firm MSO-444 web site.
This is the first website dedicated to the officers and crew of the USS Firm.

I hope you enjoy your stay and will tell others about this site.
Rick Szpyrka ex-RM2 USS CONFLICT MSO-426 and Al Allande USS FIRM MSO-444


          Builder                     J. M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corp., Tacoma, Wash. 
          Launched                    15 April 1953
          Commissioned                12 October 1954
          Homeport                    Long Beach, CA
          Ships Compliment            74 Enlisted, 6 Officers
          Length                      172 feet
          Max Beam Width              36 feet
          Displacement                620 tons
          Armament                    40mm Bow Gun and
                                      Two 50 Caliber Machine Guns
          Draft                       10 Ft 
          Speed                       12 Knots 
          Propulsion                  Four Packard ID1700 diesel engines
                                      4 cycle, 2280 Hp, 12 cylinder engines,
                                      1,140 Hp per shaft, 2 shafts, 
                                      with controllable pitch propellers.
          Cost to build               $3.5 million

Ship's Mission

FIRM's mission was to conduct minesweeping and minehunting operations. The agility of a minesweeper to clear the sea lanes is a very important one for the United States since the use of mines can tie-up both civilian and Navy ships until the channel can be swept. With ships like the FIRM performing their mission, the possibility that other ships will be sunk or damaged by mines is greatly lessened.

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USS Firm MSO-444 links
USS Firm History 1952-1961 Submitted by Ed Livingston
USS Firm History 1962 Submitted by Ed Livingston
USS Firm History 1963 Submitted by Ed Livingston
USS Firm History 1964 Submitted by Ed Livingston
USS Firm History 1965 Submitted by Ed Livingston
USS Firm History 1966 Submitted by Ed Livingston
USS Firm History 1967 Submitted by Ed Livingston
USS Firm History 1968 Submitted by Ed Livingston
USS Firm History 1969 Submitted by Ed Livingston
USS Firm History 1970 Submitted by Ed Livingston
USS Firm History 1971 Submitted by Ed Livingston
USS Firm History 1972 Submitted by Ed Livingston
USS Firm History Postscript Submitted by Ed Livingston
Photos by Al Allande at Formosa and Philippine Islands - page 1
Photos by Al Allande at Long Beach and South China Sea. - page 2
Photos by Al Allande at Pier 9 Long Beach, California. - page 3
Ballad of the USS Firm (MSO-444) submitted by Ed Livingston
Change of Command MinDiv 72 September 22, 1964 submitted by Ed Livingston
Rose Festival 1964 submitted by Ed Livingston
A spoof on the Plan of the Day submitted by Ed Livingston
USS Firm Photos by Ed Livingston
USS Firm MSO-444 Crew email list
MSO Crew email list
Navy MineSweeper History
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Thanks to Al Hines for the above icon


This site was created 12 January 2002
Last Updated May 25, 2004 by Rick Szpyrka
ex-RM2 USS CONFLICT MSO-426

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