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MSC-61
ex-AMS-61


MSC-61 was built for Portugal

Adjutant Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down as AMS-61 by the Consolidated Shipbuilding Corp., Morris Heights, NY
  • Completed 30 June 1953 and transferred to Portugal as Horta (M 406)
  • Reclassified by U. S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-61, 7 February 1955
  • Discarded in 1976.
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 405 t.
  • Length 144'
  • Beam 27'
  • Draft 9'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 40
  • Armament: Two 20mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two 450shp General Motors diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    AMS-61
    AMS-61
    110506105
    615k Bow view (AMS-61) during her preliminary acceptance trial, Long Island Sound, N.Y., 23 June 1953. Record Group 19: Records of the Bureau of Ships
    Series: Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels
    National Archives Identifier:6933751
    Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
    AMS-61
    110506106
    673k Stern view (AMS-61) during her preliminary acceptance trial, Long Island Sound, N.Y., 23 June 1953. Record Group 19: Records of the Bureau of Ships
    Series: Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels
    National Archives Identifier:6933750
    Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
    MSC-61 99k c. August 1953
    United States Plywood Corporation advertisement
    "The U.S. Navy is building improved wooden ships like the one above for its minesweeper fleet. These are more immune to those magnetic mines which have taken a heavy toll of Navy men on the minesweepers in waters around Korea. Their light weight and sturdy construction are due in part to the magnetic-resistant aluminum faced plywood known as Armorply"
    Tommy Trampp
    Horta (M 406)
    MSC-61 132k Namesake: Horta is a single municipality and city in the western part of the Archipelago of the Azores, encompassing the island of Faial Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 24 June 2020
    MSC-61 61k Portuguese Navy photo from the 1958/1959 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships Robert Hurst
    MSC-61 90k c. 1971
    Portuguese Navy photo

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