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MSO-516 was built for Belgium.

Call sign:
Oscar - Romeo - Juliet - November

Acme Class Ocean Minesweeper:

  • Authorized as AM-516
  • Reclassified as an Ocean Minesweeper, MSO-516, 7 February 1955
  • Laid down 1 April 1955 by the Tampa Marine Co., Tampa, FL
  • Launched 8 February 1956
  • Completed 21 December 1956
  • Transferred to Belgium and named F. Bovesse (M 909), 2 January 1957
  • Retired from service in 1993
  • Requested demilitarization from the Defense Logistics Agency in January 2004
  • Scrapped in 2007 at Ghent, Belgium.


  • Displacement 934 t.
  • Length 190'
  • Beam 36'
  • Draft 12'
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 81
  • Armament: One 40mm mount and two .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion 2,700shp General Motors diesel engines, two shafts.
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    F. Bovesse (M 909)
    MINDIV-82 120k Ship's of Mine Division Eighty Two prepare to leave Charleston, SC for a Mediterranean deployment. MINDIV-82 ship's from left to right are: Fearless (MSO 442), Avenge (MSO 423), Exultant
    (MSO 441)
    , the Belgium Minesweeper F. Bovesse, and Fidelity (MSO 443).
    Official U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Leroy D. "Mo" Mahoney
    Belgium MSO Web Site
    M-909 82k Belgium Navy photo
    MSO-499 58k Breydel (M 906), ex-MSO-504, F. Bovesse and De Brouwer (M 904), ex-MSO-499 © Brice Dehasse
    MSO-516 343k c. 1970
    Photo courtesy of John G. Callis
    Robert Hurst
    MSO-516 63k Refuelling from Zinnia (A 961) with Merksem (M 483) to starboard Fritz De Loddere
    MSO-499 113k 7 December 2003
    Zeebrugge, Belgium
    De Brouwer, F. Bovesse and Merksem
    Paolo Marsan
    F. Bovesse
    MSO-516 144k 27 January 2007
    Ghent, Belgium
    Near the scrapyard
    Shipspotting Website
    MSO-499 95k 15 June 2007
    Ghent, Belgium
    Astern of De Brouwer waiting her turn on the slipways
    Photo by Peter Wyntin
    MSO-516 135k 20 June 2007
    Ghent, Belgium
    On the slipway for final disposal
    Photo by Peter Wyntin

    There is no DANFS history available for MSO-516
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    102 Minesweepers (MSO) Oceangoing Minesweepers Naval Minewarfare Association Association of Minemen

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