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AMS-144 was built for Japan.

Adjutant Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down as AMS-144 by the South Coast Co., Newport Beach, CA
  • Originally intended for France as Tulipe (M 699)
  • Order canceled and alloted to Japan
  • Completed 1 December 1954 and transferred to Japan as Yashima (MSC 651)
  • Reclassified by U.S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-144, 7 February 1955
  • Reclassified YAS-46, 2 March 1970
  • Struck from the Naval Register 20 March 1978
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 375 t.
  • Length 144'
  • Beam 27'
  • Draft 8' 3"
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 39
  • Armament: One 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    MSC-144 101k Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force photo Robert Hurst
    Yashima (MSC 651)
    MSC-144 49k c. 1961
    Photo by Hajima Fukaya from the 1961/1962 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships"
    Robert Hurst

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