- USS Pledge (MSO-492)
The second ship to be named "Pledge" by the Navy, "MSO-492", a minesweeper, was laid down on
24 June 1954by the J. M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corp., Tacoma, Washington, launched 20 July 1955, sponsored by Mrs. T. F. Uitsch, and commissioned 20 April 1956, Lt. Thomas D. Pfundstein in command.
West Coast operations
After sea trials, "Pledge" joined her sister ships at
Long Beach, California, 25 May 1956. Following training from July 1956to February 1957she operated in WESTPACMarch to September 1957. She underwent modification from October 1957to March 1958.
Deployed to WESTPAC
24 August 1961, she visited Bangkok, Thailand, in November, and Saigon, Vietnam, in December. In early 1962she participated in special training operations at Da Nang, Vietnamuntil her departure 17 February. Her deployment to WESTPAC, 12 August 1963included exercises with South Korean ships in October and Nationalist Chinese ships in November. On her next assignment to WESTPAC, 13 August 1965, She performed coastal surveillanceduties off the Republic of Vietnamfrom 18 Octoberto 16 November 1965and from 18 Decemberinto early 1966.
1970"Pledge" remains active with the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Decommissioned and stricken
31 January 1994, "Pledge" was sold to Taiwanon 8 Marchof that year.
List of United States Navy ships
* [http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/p8/pledge-ii.htm USS Pledge]
* [http://www.navsource.org/archives/11/02492.htm NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive - Pledge (MSO-492) - ex-AM-492]
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