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ex-Dotterel (AMS 72)

AMS-72 was built for Italy
Adjutant Class Motor Minesweeper: Laid down as Dotterel (AMS 72) by the Burger Boat Co., Manitowoc, WI; Completed 13 January 1953 and transferred to Italy as Abete (M 5501). The name Dotterel was canceled 9 June 1952. Reclassified by U. S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-72, 7 February 1955; Scrapped in 1977.

Specifications: Displacement 405 t.; Length 144'; Beam 27'; Draft 9'; Speed 14 kts; Complement 40; Armament, two twin 20-mm; Propulsion General Motors diesels, two shafts.

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AMS-72 99k AMS-72 Historical Collections of the Great Lakes

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History:


Dotterel is a European and Asiatic plover.

The name Dotterel was assigned erroneously to AMS-72 which was building for the Military Defense Assistance Program. The name was canceled on 9
June 1953.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S.Navy Memorial Foundation
Fleet Reserve Association
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Naval Minewarfare Association
Association of Minemen

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