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MSO-522 was built for Belgium.

Van Haverbeke's call sign:
Oscar - Romeo - Juliet - Charlie

AM-503 Class Ocean Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 2 March 1959 as MSO-522 by Peterson Builder's Inc., Sturgeon Bay, WI
  • Launched 25 October 1959
  • Completed 7 November 1960
  • Transferred to Belgium and named RBNS J. E. Van Haverbeke (M 902), 12 December 1960
  • Scrapped in 2002 at Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


  • 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: Two 1,350shp General Motors diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    MSO-522 253k Peterson Builders photo from the Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay, WI Michael Cosgrove
    MSO-522 260k
    MSO-522 452k
    MSO-522 98k Door County Maritime Museum photo Belgium MSO Website
    RBNS J. E. Van Haverbeke (M 902)
    MSO-522 111k Prince Albert in the uniform of the frigate captain and Princess Paola watched a guard of honor from the Navy during their visit to Ostend following the arrival of the minesweeper "J. E. Van Haverbeke" from the United States. Left of the princess Corvette Captain Vervynck {with saber}. To the right of the prince Captain ter Zee Delforge Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 18 February 2020
    M-902 84k Belgium Navy Photo Belgium MSO Website
    MSO-522 87k Photo by Raphodon Robert Hurst
    MSO-522 272k c. 1967
    Belgium Navy photo from the 1966/1967 edition of Janes Fighting Ships
    MSO-522 342k c. 1969
    Belgian Navy photo from the 1969-1970 edition of Janes Fighting Ships
    MSO-522 36k c. May 1969
    MSO-522 293k c. 1971
    Photo by Giorgio Arra
    MSO-522 60k c. June 1972
    J. E. Van Haverbeke
    MSO-522 22k 13 November 2001
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Photo by Piet Sinke
    Tommy Trampp
    MSO-522 26k 18 March 2002
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Photo by Hans Koolma

    There is no DANFS history available for MSO-522
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    102 Minesweepers (MSO) Oceangoing Minesweepers

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