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Prestige II (AM-465)

(AM-465: dp. 750 (f.); l. 172-; b. 36-; dr. 10-; s. 15 k.; cpl. 72; a. I 40mm.; cl. Aggressive)

Power to command admiration.

Prestige (AMc-96) was renamed Power on 23 May 1941, and renamed Reaper (AMc-96) (q.v.) on 10 September 1944.


Prestige (AM-465) was laid down 15 April 1952 by Wilmington Boat Works, Wilmington, Calif.; launched 30 April 1954; sponsored by Mrs. William R. Poulson; and commissioned 11 September 1954, Lt. C. L. Frink in command.

After shakedown and reclassification to MSO-465 on 7 February 1955, Prestige participated in various exercises out of Long Beach, Calif., until she deployed 4 January 1956 to WestPac, proceeding via Pearl Harbor and Midway to serve with the 7th Fleet. Her WestPac tour of 1956 included landing exercises at Iwo Jima in February and April. Following a visit to Yokosuka, Japan, she returned to Long Beach 15 June for local operations. Sailing for the Panama Canal 30 August 1957, she conducted operations on both the Atlantic and the Pacific sides of the Canal. Heading for Long Beach 23 November, she commenced overhaul upon arrival.

Deployed to WestPac in 1958, Prestige ran aground in Naruto Straits, Inland Sea, Japan, 23 August 1958, and was abandoned as a total loss.

Published: Mon Aug 24 13:08:18 EDT 2015