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Courtesy of Arie van Mazijk

Call sign:
Papa - Alpha - Romeo - Mike

MSC-179 was built in The Netherlands.

MSC-172 Class Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 22 December 1953 as AMS-179 by L. K. Smit & Zn.Kinderdijk, 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-179, 7 February 1955
  • Launched 30 March 1955
  • Completed 20 March 1956
  • Commissioned Giethoorn (M 815), 29 March 1956
  • Completed Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization program 7 October 1977
  • Placed out of service 12 March 1982 and laid up in the reserve fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register 23 December 1993 and sold for scrap to the Zorn firm of Haarlem, Holland.


  • 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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    Size Image Description Source
    MSC-179 100k 30 March 1955
    Arie van Mazijk
    MSC-179 90k
    MSC-179 69k 29 March 1956
    MSC-179 58k . .
    M-809 71k Naaldwijk (M 809), ex-MSC-175, Drachten (M 812), ex-MSC-177) and Giethoorn Arie van Mazijk
    MSC-179 98k c. 1955
    MSC-179 34k 29 March 1956
    MSC-179 92k c. 1960's
    MSC-179 129k
    MSC-179 59k
    MSC-179 68k
    MSC-179 56k
    MSC-179 76k In dry dock
    MSC-179 32k Abcoude (M 810), Giethoorn (before FRAM) and Hoogeveen (M 827)
    MSC-179 93k c. 1976/1977
    After undergoing FRAM
    MSC-179 66k

    There is no DANFS history available for MSC-179
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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