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AMS-74 was built for Italy

Gelso call sign:
India - Hotel - Lima - Delta

Transferred to Greece

Erato call sign:
Sierra - Zulu - Zulu - Alpha

Adjutant Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down as AMS-74 by the Henry C. Grebe and Co., Inc., Chicago, IL
  • Launched 2 February 1954
  • Reclassified by U. S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-74, 7 February 1955
  • Completed 6 July 1955 transferred to Italy and named Castagno (M 5504)
  • Transferred to Greece 10 October 1995 and renamed Erato (M 60).


  • Displacement 405 t.
  • Length 144'
  • Beam 27'
  • Draft 9'
  • Speed 11.4 kts.
  • Complement 41
  • Armament: One twin 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Castagno (M 5504)
    MSC-74 286k 5 August 1969
    Varazze (Liguris), Italy
    Carlo Martinelli
    Erato (M 60)
    MSC-74 339k Erato (M 60)
    Hellenic Navy Photo
    Royal Hellenic Navy
    MSC-74 339k c. September 2001
    Entering Valletta Harbor, Malta
    Photo by Patrick D'Agostino
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for AMS-74
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    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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