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ex-Chukor (AMS 70)

Chukor was built for France.

Adjutant Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down in 1952 as Chukor (AMS 70) by Frank L. Samples, Jr., Inc., Boothbay Harbor, ME
  • Completed 19 May 1953, transferred to France and renamed Acanthe (M 639)
  • The name Chukor was canceled 9 June 1953
  • Commissioned 9 October 1953
  • Reclassified by U. S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-70, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned in September 1981 and struck from the Naval register
  • Sold 23 November 1984
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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
    MSC-70 57k Photo by Marius Bar, Toulon, France Robert Hurst
    MSC-70 381k 25 April 1974
    Toulon, France
    Carlo Martinelli
    MSC-70 352k
    MSC-68 351k 1 December 1978
    Genoa, Italy
    Camélia (M 671), ex-MSC-68 and Acanthe
    MSC-68 303k

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History:


    A partridge of southern Asia.

    The name Chukor was assigned erroneously to AMS-70 which was building for the Military Defense Assistance Program. The name was canceled on 9 June 1953.

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