USS Pledge (MSO-492)
|Name:||USS Pledge (MSO-492)|
|Laid down:||24 June 1954|
|Launched:||20 July 1955|
|Commissioned:||20 April 1956|
|Decommissioned:||31 January 1994|
|Struck:||31 January 1994|
|Homeport:||Long Beach, California|
|Fate:||sold to the Republic of China, 9 September 1994|
|Name:||ROCS Yung Teh (MSO-1309)|
|Acquired:||9 September 1994|
|Status:||in active service|
|Displacement:||775 tons (full load)|
|Length:||172 ft (52 m)|
|Beam:||36 ft (11 m)|
|Draught:||10 ft (3.0 m)|
|Armament:||one 40 mm mount|
The second ship to be named Pledge by the Navy, MSO-492, a minesweeper, was laid down on 24 June 1954 by 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 1956 to February 1957 she operated in WESTPAC March to September 1957. She underwent modification from October 1957 to March 1958.
Deployed to WESTPAC 24 August 1961, she visited Bangkok, Thailand, in November, and Saigon, Vietnam, in December. In early 1962 she participated in special training operations at Da Nang, Vietnam until her departure 17 February. Her deployment to WESTPAC, 12 August 1963 included 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 surveillance duties off the Republic of Vietnam from 18 October to 16 November 1965 and from 18 December into early 1966.
Into 1970 Pledge remained active with the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Decommissioned and stricken 31 January 1994, Pledge was sold to Taiwan on 8 March of that year.
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