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Courtesy of Arie van Mazijk

Call sign:
Papa - Alpha - Quebec - Oscar

MSC-109 was built for The Netherlands.

Adjutant Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down as AMS-109 by Broward Marine Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Completed 26 October 1953, transferred to The Netherlands
  • Commissioned Bolsward (M 846), 5 November 1953
  • Reclassified by the U.S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-109, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 November 1971
  • Returned to U.S. Navy custody 18 September 1972 (on paper) and sold for scrap to Pounds Marine Shipping, Havant, Hampshire, England.


  • Displacement 405 t.
  • Length 144'
  • Beam 27'
  • Draft 9'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 40
  • Armament: Two twin 20mm mounts
  • 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
    MSO-480 98k The crews of Onversaagd (M 884), ex-MSO 480 and Bolsward by the plane to go to the United States Arie van Mazijk
    MSC-109 113k c. 1953
    Part of crew with U.S. Navy serviceman prior to transfer
    MSC-109 82k c. 1953
    Coming down the New River in Ft Lauderdale after completion
    James Barton
    Photo added 31 October 2020
    Bolsward (M 846)
    MSC-109 110k Bolsward with the Belgium minesweeper Charleroi (M 917) to port of the tanker Texaco Ghent Pieter Bakels
    MSC-109 95k Ostende, Belgium Arie van Mazijk
    MSC-109 102k
    MSC-109 64k
    MSC-109 144k
    MSC-109 96k

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