Free from dread.
(AM-442: dp. 620; l. 172'; b. 36'; dr. 10'; s. 10 k.; cpl. 74; a. 1 40 mm.; cl. Agile)
The third Fearless (AM-442) was launched 17 July 1953 by Higgins, Inc., New Orleans, La.; sponsored by Mrs. A. J. Higgins, Jr.; and commissioned 22 September 1954, Lieutenant J. Roberts in command, reclassified MSO-442 on 7 February 1942.
With Charleston, S.C., as her home port, Fearless operated through 1960 on training operations, experiments and tests, and in exercises along the coast and in the Caribbean. Every other year from 1955 she sailed to the Mediterranean for duty with the 6th Fleet, joining in NATO exercises and visiting European ports. In the spring of 1956, she conducted joint exercises with ships of the Royal Canadian Navy, and through that summer experimented with controllable pitch propellers and mine-counter measures equipment at Charleston and Port Everglades, Fla.