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AMS-71 was built for France.

Adjutant Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down in 1952 as Motor Minesweeper, AMS-71 by Frank L. Samples, Jr., Inc., Boothbay Harbor, ME
  • Launched in 1953
  • Completed 31 August 1953, transferred to France and named Ajonc (M 667)
  • Commissioned 26 February 1954
  • Reclassified by U. S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-71, 7 February 1955
  • Reclassified A-701
  • Sold 15 September 1989
  • 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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    AMS-71 276k 11 September 1952
    Fitting out at Frank L. Samples, Jr., Inc., Boothbay Harbor, ME. AMS-70 is in the right background
    National Archives photo Identifier: 6933863
    Robert Hurst
    Photo added 21 February 2022
    Ajonc (M 667)
    MSC-71 243k 16 October 1972
    Toulon, France
    Carlo Martinelli
    MSC-71 504k
    MSC-71 209k
    Ajonc (A 701)
    MSC-71 64k Atlas Editions War Ships photo Tommy Trampp
    MSC-71 229k 25 April 1974
    Toulon, France
    Carlo Martinelli

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