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Hoogezand Crest
Courtesy of Arie van Mazijk

Hoogezand call sign:
Papa - Alpha - Bravo - Xray

AMS-173 was built in The Netherlands.

MSC-172 Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 17 July 1953 as AMS-173 by I.C.H. Holland, Werf Gusto Yard, Schiedam, Holland under the off-shore procurement plan of the Military Defense Assistance Pact
  • Reclassified by the U. S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-173, 7 February 1955
  • Launched 22 March 1955
  • Completed 28 October 1955
  • Commissioned Hoogezand (M 802), 7 November 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1992
  • Sold 23 December 1993 and scrapped at Haarlem, The Netherlands.


  • Displacement 405 t.
  • Length 144'
  • Beam 27'
  • Draft 9'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 33
    War time 38
  • Propulsion: Two 1250shp MAN V6V 22/30 diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    MSC-173 45k 22 March 1955
    Arie van Mazijk
    MSC-173 83k
    MSC-173 84k c. 1973
    MSC-173 102k
    MSC-173 88k
    MSC-173 73k c. 1973
    Undergoing Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization Program (FRAM)
    MSC-173 79k 25 January 1974
    Placed in service as first ship after FRAM
    MSC-173 65k After FRAM
    MSC-173 107k
    MSC-173 90k
    MSC-173 96k
    MSC-173 101k

    There is no DANFS history available for MSC-173
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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