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Courtesy of Arie van Mazijk

MSC-175 was built in The Netherlands.

Call sign:
Papa - Alpha - Lima - Kilo

MSC-172 Class Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Laid down as AMS-175 by Werf de Noord, Holland under the off-shore procurement plan of the Military Defense Assistance Pact and based on the design of the British "Ton" Class Coastal Minesweeper
  • Reclassified by U. S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-175, 7 February 1955
  • Completed 5 November 1955
  • Commissioned Naaldwijk (M 809), 8 December 1955
  • Transferred in June 2000 to the Naaldwijk Prince Willem-Sea Scouts and reclassified PW-809.


  • Displacement 417 t.
  • Length 149' 8"
  • Beam 28'
  • Draft 9'
  • Speed 16 kts.
  • Complement 33
    Wartime 38
  • Armament: Two 40mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two 1,250shp General Motors diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Naaldwijk (M 809)
    MSC-175 91k 1 February 1955
    Arie van Mazijk
    MSC-175 53k
    MSC-175 63k The North Yard, Alblasserdam, Holland
    Near completion
    M-809 23k 8 December 1955
    M-809 410k c. 1955 .
    M-809 521k Off Oostende, Belgium Arie van Mazijk
    M-809 71k Naaldwijk, Drachten (M 812), ex-MSC-177) and Giethoorn (M 815), ex-MSC-179
    M-809 54k In Marine Railway at Den Helder, The Netherlands
    M-809 169k c. 1967
    Photo courtesy Dr. Giorgio Arra from the 1968/1969 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    M-809 46k After undergoing FRAM Arie van Mazijk
    M-809 58k
    M-809 92k
    MSC-175 63k
    MSC-175 71k
    M-809 59k Naaldwijk, Ommen (M 813), Sittard (M 830), and Naarden (M 823)
    Naaldwijk (PW 809)
    PW-641/809 61k PW-809 alongside the former French submarine chaser Le Fougueux (PW 641), ex-P-641, ex-PC-1610 Peter Bethlem
    M-809 79k . .
    M-809 309k 5 July 2015
    Den Helder, Holland
    During Navy Days celebration
    Gilbert Gyssels
    M-809 272k 5 July 2015
    Off Den Helder, Holland
    M-809 307k

    There is no DANFS history available for MSC-175
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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