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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive


AMS-96 was built for France.

Adjutant Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down as AMS-96 by the Tacoma Boat Building Co., Tacoma, WA
  • Launched 1 May 1953
  • Sponsored by Mrs. Marvin H. Glunz
  • Completed 1 June 1954 and transferred to France
  • Commissioned Lobélla (M 684), 1 January 1955
  • Reclassified by U.S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-96, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1981
  • Sold for scrap in August 1985.


  • 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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    MSC-96 91k 1 May 1953
    Launch day
    Tacoma Boat Building Co. photo 24082
    Tommy Trampp
    MSC-96 31k 1 May 1953
    After launching
    Tacoma Boat Building Co. photo 24081
    Lobélla (M 684)
    MSC-96 107k c. 1968
    Photo by Marine Nationale
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for MSC-96.
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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