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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive


AMS-76 was built for Italy
Adjutant Class Motor Minesweeper/Abete Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down in 1952 as AMS-76 by Henry C. Grebe and Co., Inc., Chicago, IL
  • Launched 12 August 1953
  • Completed 26 October 1954, transferred to Italy and named Ontano (M 5513)
  • Reclassified by U. S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-76, 7 February 1955
  • Struck in 1993.


  • Displacement 405 t.
  • Length 144'
  • Beam 27'
  • Draft 9'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 40;
  • Armament: Two twin 20mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two General Motors diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Ontano 170k

    Minesweeper No.76 hits ways and make a big splash in shipyards at 3250 N. Washtenaw. It's third such Navy craft to be launched under Henry C. Grebe and Co.'s woman president, Mrs. Henry C. Grebe
    Photo by Larson of the Chicago Sun Times 8/12/53

    Tommy Trampp
    Ontano (M 5513)
    Ontano 76k Photo from the February 1963 issue of All Hands magazine Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for AMS-76.
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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