From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


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(AM-466: dp. 630; 1. 172'; b. 36'; dr. 10'; s. 16 k.; cpl. 72; a. 1 40mm.; cl. Aggressive)

The second Prime (AM-466) was laid down 30 December 1952 by Wilmington Boat Works, Wilmington, Calif. launched 27 May 1954; sponsored by Mrs. Louis Ets-Hokin and commissioned 11 October 1954, Lt. William F. Longton in command.

After Pacific shakedown, Prime was reclassified MSO-466 on 7 February 1955. She completed major modification 3 October 1955, and deployed to WestPac 1 May 1956. Following regular overhaul and type training in 1957, she deployed to WestPac again 3 November 1958. In 1959 she enhanced her operational readiness through maneuvers with the South Korean Navy in January, and participation in an amphibious landing exercise off Kodiak, Alaska in November. Upon completion of overhaul and type training in 1960, she deployed to WestPac 4 January 1961 and upon return began another overhaul 20 November 1961. After training she deployed to WestPac again 16 November 1962. She returned to Long Beach Calif. in June 1963, and completed overhaul 31 January 1964.

Deployed to WestPac 15 January 1965, she patrolled the coast of South Vietnam intermittently from May to August 1965, boarding approximately four suspect vessels per week to prevent enemy infiltration and supply. In 1966 she deployed to WestPac 21 September, arriving off South Vietnam 11 November, and patrolling the coast until 31 December.

Into 1970 Prime remains active with the Pacific Fleet. [Transcriber's Note: Prime was stricken from the Navy Register 28 February 1975 and sold for scrapping 1 October 1976.]