USS Chief AM-315 renamed
Jesus Gonzalez Ortega, in active service in the Mexican Navy.
San Francisco -The Coast Guard and the Mexican Navy seized more than eight tons of
cocaine from the Fishing Vessel Alfonso M. D. II 75 miles west of Mazatlan, Mexico last Friday.
The Coast Guard Cutter
Steadfast, based in Warrenton, Ore., intercepted the Mexican-flagged vessel in international waters. The Mexican government
and the Mexican Navy were notified in accordance with established procedures. The Mexican Naval Vessel Jesus
Gonzalez Ortega immediately rendezvoused with the Steadfast.
A Coast Guard boarding team from the Steadfast
assisted a Mexican Navy boarding team with searching the fishing vessel and finding an estimated eight metric tons (18,000
pounds) of cocaine. The Mexican Navy took custody of the Alfonso M.D. II, its crew, and the contraband for final disposition
with the Mexican judicial system.
This was Mexicos fourth largest drug seizure of the decade. In 1998, the Coast Guard
confiscated 82,623 pounds of cocaine. The previous record was set in 1997 when the Coast Guard received presidential recognition
for its seizure of more than 103,000 pounds of cocaine.
|Delivery of the Minesweepers to China cost $1,000,000
It appears that these four are still in service as in minesweepers.
They are stationed in the southern port of Taiwan
1306 YUNG YANG (ex-Implicit, MSO 455)
1307 YUNG TZU (ex-Conquest, MSO 488)
1308 YUNG KU (ex-Gallant, MSO 489)
YUNG TEH (ex-Pledge, MSO 492)
1307 YUNG TZU (USS Conquest MSO 488)
1308 YUNG KU (USS Gallant MSO 489)
Shown below are
USS Conquest MSO 488
USS Gallant MSO 489
USS Implicit MSO 455
USS Pledge MSO 492
When they were still in service in the US Navy.
Minesweeper's that were shipped to the Spanish Navy
The Guadalete was decommissioned in 1998. The other three are still in service in the Spanish Navy.
M 41 GUADALETE (ex-PVZ 41; ex-M 41; ex-USS Dynamic)
M 42 GUADALMEDINA (ex-USS Pivot)
M 43 GUADALQUIVIR
M 44 GUADIANA (ex-USS Vigor)
Agile Class Minesweeper: Laid down, 31 October 1951 at Colberg Boat Works, Stockton, CA.; Launched,
17 December 1952; Commissioned USS Dynamic (AM-432), 15 December 1953; Redesignated (MSO-432),
7 February 1955; Decommissioned, 8 June 1974; Struck from the Naval Register, (date unknown); Sold to Spain, 7 July 1971 under
the Security Assistance Program and renamed Guadalete (M-41); Reclassified (PVZ-41)
Aggressive Class Minesweeper: Laid down, 31 March 1952 by the Wilmington Boat Works, Wilmington,
CA; Launched, 9 January 1954; Commissioned USS Pivot (AM-463), 12 July 1954; Redesignated MSO-463, 7 Febraury
1955; Decommissioned, 1 Ju;y 1971; Struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1974; Final Disposition, loaned under the Security
Assistance Program to Spain, 1 July 1971 and renamed Guadalmedina (M-42); Purchased by Spain, 1 August 1974; Still
in service with Spanish Navy.
Aggressive Class Minesweeper: Laid down, 17 June 1954 as AM-491 by the J. L. Martinac Shipbuilding
Corp., Tacoma, WA; Reclassified as an Ocean Minesweeper (nonmagnetic) MSO-491, 7 February 1955; Launched, 23
April 1955; Commissioned USS Persistent (MSO 491), 3 February 1956; Decommissioned, 1 July 1971; Struck from the Naval
Register, 1 August 1974 and sold to Spain under the Security Assistance Program; Renamed Guadalquivir (M-43).
Aggressive Class Minesweeper: Laid down, 16 June 1952 by the Burger Boat Co., Manitowoc, Wis.;
Launched, 23 June 1953; Commissioned USS Vigor (AM-473) at Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston, Mass, 8 November 1954; Redesignated
MSO-473, 7 February 1955; Decommissioned, 4 April 1972; Struck from the Naval Register, 4 April 1972; Final Disposition,
sold to Spain, 4 April 1972 under the Security Assistance Program and renamed Guadiana (M-44).