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MSC-104 served the Navies of Belgium and Norway

Alta (M 314) call sign:
Juliet - Whiskey - Alpha - Uniform

Adjutant Class Motor Minesweeper/Sauda Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down in 1952 as Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper AMS-104 by the Hodgdon Brothers, Goudy and Stevens, East Boothbay, ME
  • Launched 31 January 1953
  • Completed 30 October 1953 and transferred to Belgium and named BNS Arlon (M 915)
  • Reclassified by U. S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-104, 7 February 1955
  • Returned to U.S. custody in 1966
  • Transferred in May 1966 to Norway, renamed and reclassified HNoMS Alta (M 314)
  • Decommissioned in May 1996
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1997
  • Transferred to the Royal Norwegian Armed Forces Museum in Oslo, Norway
  • Alta is fully operational. Her regularly scheduled sailings, up to ten per year, include hospitality visits and training.


  • Displacement 405 t.
  • Length 144'
  • Beam 27'
  • Draft 9'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 40
  • Armament: One twin 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: Two General Motors 8-278A diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    BNS Arlon (M 915)
    MSC-104 78k Entering Ostend, Belgium
    Photo by Maurice Voss
    HNoMS Alta (M 314)
    MSC-104 64k Robert Hurst
    MSC-104 122k

    There is no DANFS history available for MSC-104
    Additional Resources and Websites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association Association of Minemen

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