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AMS-139 was built for France but tranferred to Spain.
Nalón (M 21) call sign:
Echo - Bravo - India - Golf
Adjutant Class Motor Minesweeper:Laid down as AMS-139 by the South Coast Co., Newport Beach, CA for transfer to France as Oeillet (M 691)Launched, 22 November 1952Completed 1 February 1954Transferred to Spain 16 February 1954Reclassified by U. S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-139, 7 February 1955Commissioned Nalón (M 21), 30 April 1955Reclassified as a Patrol Craft, PVZ-51 in 1980Reclassified P-51 in 1986Struck from the Navy Register in 1993Sunk as an artificial reef in Mazarrón Bay, 6 June 1999.
Displacement 362 t.Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
Length 144' 3"
Beam 27' 2"
Speed 13 kts.
Armament: One twin 20-mm mount
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Spanish Navy photo from the 1956/1957 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
||Nalón (P 51) at Marin, Pontevedra, Spain. c. May 1987.
There is no DANFS history available for MSC-139
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