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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive


Courtesy of Arie van Mazijk

Dokkum call sign:
Papa - Alpha - Alpha - Golf

AMS-172 was built in The Netherlands.

MSC-172 Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 15 June 1953 as AMS-172 by Wilton Feyenoord, Rotterdam, Holland under the off-shore procurement plan of the Military Defense Assistance Pact
  • Launched 12 October 1954
  • Reclasified by U. S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-172, 7 February 1955
  • Completed 20 July 1955
  • Commissioned Dokkum (M 801), 26 July 1955
  • Reclassified Y-8001 in 1985
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1984
  • Sold for scrap 5 September 1997 at Hattum, The Netherlands.


  • Displacement 405 t.
  • Length 144'
  • Beam 27'
  • Draft 9'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 33
    War time 38
  • Propulsion: Two 1250 shp MAN V6V 22/30 diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Dokkum (M 801)
    MSC-172 77k 26 July 1956
    Arie van Mazijk
    MSC-172 74k Ships crest
    MSC-172 73k . Royal Dutch Navy
    MSC-172 534k Drawing by Smits Arie van Mazijk
    MSC-172 113k .
    MSC-172 45k
    MSC-172 68k c. 1956
    Royal Netherlands Navy photo from the 1961/1962 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships"
    Robert Hurst
    MSC-172 34k 4 January 1965
    On a sand bank at Middelplaat-Westerschelde, Holland
    Arie van Mazijk
    MSC-172 51k c. 1969
    After being modernized under the Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization Program (FRAM)
    MSC-172 74k After FRAM
    MSC-172 69k
    MSC-172 157k 23 March 1976
    Chatham, England
    Dokkum (Y 8001)
    MSC-172 11k . Royal Dutch Navy

    There is no DANFS history available for MSC-172
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    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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