From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Bold means exhibiting or requiring daring, advancing forward to meet danger.

(AM-424: dp. 620; l. 172'; b. 36'; dr. 10'; s. 15 k.; cpl. 74; a. 1 40 mm.; cl. Aggressive)

Bold (AM-424) was launched 14 March 1953 by Norfolk Naval Shipyard; sponsored by Mrs. Porter Hardy, Jr., wife of Representative Hardy from Virginia; and commissioned 25 September 1953, Lieutenant D. C. Pearson in command.

On 16 October 1953 Bold reported to the Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet, and was assigned to duty with Mine Forces, Atlantic Fleet. From October 1953 to February 1956 Bold underwent shakedown training and overhaul and conducted many special tests and trials for the Bureau of Ships, David Taylor Model Basin, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and New York Naval Shipyard. She then took part in MINEX 1955. Bold's classification was changed to MSO-424, 7 February 1955. On 2 May 1955 Bold, in company with Mine Division 83, sailed for the Mediterranean for a tour of duty with the 6th Fleet. Bold returned to Charleston, S. C., 4 October 1955. Since that time she has operated at U. S. Naval Mine Defense Laboratory, Panama City, Fla., and Charleston. [Transcriber's Note: Bold was struck from the Navy list 28 February 1975.]