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Garagliano call sign:
Foxtrot - Alpha - Sierra - Lima

AM-452 was built for France

AM-450 Class Fleet Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 15 August 1952 as AM-452 by the Bellingham Shipyards Co., Bellingham, WA
  • Launched 20 August 1953
  • Completed 29 April 1954
  • Transferred to France and named Garigliano (M 617), 19 May 1954
  • Reclassified by U.S. Navy as an Ocean Minesweeper MSO-452, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1988
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 750 t.
  • Length 171'
  • Beam 35'
  • Draft 10' 4"
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 39
  • Armament: One 40mm mount and two .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two General Motors diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    M-617 59k Garigliano outboard of Cantho (M 615), ex-MSO-476
    Photo by Marine Nationale
    Robert Hurst
    M-617 90k Approaching a dummy mine during an exercise
    Photo by Marine Nationale
    M-617 34k Photo by Marine Nationale
    MSO-452 50k
    MSO-452 59k Photo by Marius Bar, Toulon, France
    M-617 67k c. December 1974
    Photo by Wright and Logan
    MSO-452 79k c. 1984
    Photo by Marine Nationale
    Robert Hurst
    MSO-452 433k 13 Ausust 1994
    Toulon, France
    Carlo Martinelli

    There is no DANFS history available for MSO-452
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    102 Minesweepers (MSO) Oceangoing Minesweepers
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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