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AM-476 was built for France.

AM-480 Class Fleet Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 15 April 1953 as AM-476 by Bellingham Shipyards Co., Bellingham, WA
  • Launched 26 September 1953
  • Delivered 1 October 1954
  • Reclassified as an Ocean Minesweeper, MSO-476, 7 February 1955
  • Transferred to France and named Cantho (M 615), 16 February 1955
  • Reclassified A-769 in 1976
  • Struck from the Navy list in 1987
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 750 t.
  • Length 171'
  • Beam 35'
  • Draft 10' 4"
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 39
  • Armament: One 40-mm mount and two .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two 800shp General Motors diesel enginess, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    MSO-476 58k Photo courtesy of Gilles Obelliane Dick Lewis
    M-617 59k Garigliano (M 617), ex-MSO-452 outboard of Cantho
    Photo by Marine Nationale
    Robert Hurst
    MSO-476 78k Photo by Marine Nationale
    MSO-476 52k c. 1967
    Photo courtesy of Gérard Brossard
    MSO-476 225k 29 April 1989
    Toulon, France
    Carlo Martinelli

    There is no DANFS history available for MSO-476
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    102 Minesweepers (MSO) Oceangoing Minesweepers
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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