MSO-488: Minesweeper in Haiphong Harbor


Robert Michael Cosgrove My Viet Nam service began when it was decided to mine Haiphong Harbor. I was XO of USS Assurance (Minesweeper Ocean, MSO-521) in Charleston. We were sent to Hampton Roads in September 1972 to help determine the best method for sweeping the Mk 36 Destructors that the Navy planned to use. Fast forward to January 1973. As part of the peace process, Henry Kissinger agreed to sweep the mines that we had dropped. Two of the sweeps chosen to do the job were Naval Reserve Force at Pearl Harbor. As they had [...]