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MSO-517 was built for Italy.

AM-506 Class Minesweeper/Italian Salmone Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 15 June 1955 as MSO-517 by the Tampa Marine Co., Tampa, FL
  • Launched 21 June 1956 and sponsored by Mrs. M. M. Hamilton
  • Completed 22 February 1957
  • Transferred to Italy 12 March 1957 and named Sgombro (M 5432)
  • Reclassified P-5432 in 1990
  • Decommissioned 3 October 2000
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 750 t.
  • Length 172'
  • Beam 35'
  • Draft 11'
  • Speed 15.5 kts.
  • Armament: One 40mm mount and two .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two 1,600shp General Motors diesel engines, two shafts.
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    834k Plaque presented to Mildred M. Hamilton, as the MSO-517's sponsor. Photo courtesy of Donna & Brett Baldree, grand daughter of Mildred M. Hamilton who worked in the shop docks in Tampa, Fl. Mildred was also an Army Veteran, having served as a Teletype Operator (Cryptologist) in WWII.
    MSO-517 60k . Robert Hurst
    MSO-517 147k c. 1966
    Photo by Captain Aldo Fraccaroli
    Robert Hurst
    MSO-517 351k 24 June 1981
    La Spezia, Italy
    Carlo Martinelli

    There is no DANFS history available for MSO-517
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    Naval Minewarfare Association
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