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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive


MSC-89 was built for Italy
Adjutant Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down as AMS-89 by the Berg Shipyard, Blaine, WA
  • Completed 28 January 1954, transferred to Italy and named Frassino (M 5508)
  • Reclassified by U. S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-89, 7 February 1955
  • Scrapped in 1982.


  • 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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    Size Image Description Source
    MSC-89 99k c. 1965
    Valletta, Malta
    Photo courtesy of A & J Pavia from Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    MSC-89 467k 23 October 1983
    Genoa, Italy
    Carlo Martinelli
    MSC-89 230k c. June 1985
    Toulon, France
    Gilbert Gyssels
    MSC-89 266k
    MSC-75 311k 29 August 1989
    La Spezia, Italy
    Passing Gelso, ex-MSC-75
    Carlo Martinelli
    MSC-89 289k 29 August 1989
    La Spezia, Italy

    There is no DANFS history available for MSC-89
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    Association of Minemen
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