Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive


Courtesy of Arie van Mazijk

MSC-177 was built in The Netherlands.

Call sign:
Papa - Alpha - Oscar - Juliet

MSC-172 Class Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 29 December 1953 as AMS-177 by Wilton Fijenoord shipyard. Rotterdam, The Netherlands 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-177, 7 February 1955
  • Launched 24 March 1955
  • Completed 4 January 1956
  • Commissioned Drachten (M 812), 27 January 1956
  • Underwent Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization (FRAM) program in 1974
  • Struck from the Naval Register 3 September 1993
  • Scrapped in 2006 at Gravendeel, Holland.


  • Displacement 417 t.
  • Length 149' 8"
  • Beam 28'
  • Draft 9'
  • Speed 16 kts.
  • Complement 33 (peacetime) 38 (wartime)
  • Armament: Two 40mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two 1,250shp General Motors diesel engines, two shafts.
    Click on thumbnail
    for full size image
    Size Image Description Source
    MSC-177 108k Under construction Arie van Mazijk
    MSC-177 77k Launching
    MSC-177 74k
    MSC-177 93k
    MSC-177 76k
    MSC-177 81k
    MSC-177 74k .
    MSC-177 88k In dry dock
    MSC-177 108k After FRAM
    MSC-177 53k
    MSC-177 67k Copenhagen, Denmark
    M-809 71k Naaldwijk (M 809), ex-MSC-175, Drachten and Giethoorn (M 815), ex-MSC-179
    MSC-177 35k .
    MSC-177 126k Rotterdam
    Roermond (M 806), ex-MSC-174 is off her starboard bow
    MSC-177 50k .
    M-809 72k Rotterdam
    Moored outboard of Naarden (M 823), ex-MSC-183 and Ommen (M 813), ex-MSC-178

    There is no DANFS history available for MSC-177
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
    Back To The Main Photo Index Back To the Mine Warfare Ship Photo Index Back to the Coastal Minesweeper (MSC) Photo Index

    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster

    This page created and maintained by Joseph M. Radigan
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History