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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive


Courtesy of Arie van Mazijk

Call sign:
Papa - Alpha - Tango - Kilo

AMS-168 was built for The Netherlands

Adjutant Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 29 February 1952 as AMS-168 by the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA
  • Launched 31 December 1952
  • Completed 8 January 1954
  • Transferred to The Netherlands 21 January 1954 and named Bruinisse (M 856)
  • Reclassified by U. S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper MSC-168, 7 February 1955
  • Placed out of service 16 June 1972
  • Struck from the Naval Register 18 September 1972 and returned to U. S. Navy (on paper only)
  • Sold for scrap 17 January 1974 to Pounds Marine Shipping of Havant, United Kingdom.


  • 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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    AMS-167/168 112k Launching ceremony for AMS-167 and AMS-168
    Photo from the February 1954 issue of All Hands magazine
    Joe Radigan
    AMS-168 108k 21 January 1954
    Dutch crew boarding for transfer to the Netherlands
    Arie van Mazijk
    MSC-100 92k c. 1954
    Ponta Delgada, Azores
    AMS-100 (Breukelen), AMS-111 (Brummen), and AMS-168 (Bruinisse) en route to Holland along with three unidentified AMS'
    Bruinisse (M 856)
    AMS-168 126k Bruinisse (M 856) ex-AMS-168. Still wearing her original hull number and flying The Netherlands flag.
    Royal Dutch Navy photo
    Royal Dutch Navy
    AMS-168 78k Arriving in The Netherlands Arie van Mazijk
    AMS-168 17k
    AMS-168 114k Underway in company with an unidentified AMS
    AMS-168 126k Keil Canal, Germany
    AMS-168 72k .
    AMS-168 112k Anchored at Scheveningen, Holland
    AMS-168 94k .
    AMS-168 83k

    There is no DANFS history available for AMS-168
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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