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AMS-138 was built for Pakistan.

Adjutant Class Motor Minesweeper: Laid down as AMS-138 by the Bellingham Shipyards Co., Bellingham, WA; Completed 6 February 1955 and transferred to Pakistan as Muhafiz (M 163); Reclassified by U. S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-138, 7 February 1955. Sunk, 2300, 4 December 1971 at position 24 33' North, 66 49.5' East, when struck by a Styx missile fired by Indian Forces while patroling the approaches to Karachi.

Specifications: Displacement 362 t.; Length 144' 3"; Beam 27' 2"; Draft 12'; Speed 13 kts; Complement 40; Armament, one twin 20-mm; Propulsion two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.

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AMS-138 100k c. 1956
Pakistani Navy photo from the 1956/1957 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
Robert Hurst
Muhafiz (M 163)
AMS-138 114k . Pakistani Navy

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