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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive


Courtesy of Arie van Mazijk

Call sign:
Papa - Alpha - Romeo - Quebec

AMS-148 was built for The Netherlands

Adjutant Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 29 April 1952 as AMS-148 by the George W. Kneass Co., San Francisco, CA
  • Launched 11 April 1953
  • Completed 7 April 1954
  • Transferred to The Netherlands 21 April 1954 and placed in service as Breskens (M 855)
  • Reclassified by U. S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-148, 7 February 1955
  • Placed out of service 26 March 1976 and returned to U.S. custody (on paper only)
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 July 1976 and sold to Pounds Marine Shipping of Havant, United Kingdom
  • Sold in 1976 to the Nizam of Hyderabad, India and renamed Kalbarrie
  • Seen in 1989 at Perth, Australia rotting at the pier
  • Sold in 1990 to Jay Harman and renamed Pax
  • Donated in August 2012 to the Returned Veterans Retreats Association with the intentions of bring her to seaworthy status.


  • Displacement 405 t.
  • Length 144'
  • Beam 27'
  • Draft 9'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 40
  • Armament: Two twin 20mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two General Motors diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Breskens (M 855)
    MSC-148 94k In Dutch service still wearing her U.S. Navy hull number Arie van Mazijk
    MSC-148 197k Royal Dutch Navy photo Royal Dutch Navy
    MSC-148 92k . Arie van Mazijk
    MSC-148 75k
    MSC-148 74k
    MSC-148 80k
    MSC-148 67k
    MSC-148 82k In dry dock
    MSC-148 69k .
    MSC-148 349k 22 May 1973
    La Spezia, Italy
    Carlo Martinelli
    MSC-148 166k 22 May 1973
    San Margherita, Italy
    Brummen 74k Brummen (M 851, ex-MSC-111 and Breskens Arie van Mazijk
    MSC-148 319k Somewhere in Australia Arie van Mazijk
    MSC-148 324k

    There is no DANFS history available for MSC-148
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    Association of Minemen
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