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Courtesy of Arie van Mazijk

Venlo call sign:
Papa - Alpha - Tango - Echo

MSC-180 was built in The Netherlands.

MSC-172 Class Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 10 February 1954 as AMS-180 by Arnhemsche Shipbuilding Co., Arnhem, 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
  • Launched 21 May 1955
  • Reclassified by U. S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-180, 7 February 1955
  • Completed 1 April 1956
  • Commissioned Venlo (M 817), 26 April 1956
  • Underwent Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization (FRAM) program 1974/1975
  • Placed out of service 7 October 1977 and laid up in reserve
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 23 December 1993 and sold for scrap to R. Zorn at Haarlem, The Netherlands.


  • 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-180 77k Under construction Arie van Mazijk
    MSC-180 83k
    MSC-180 39k
    MSC-180 66k
    MSC-180 61k 21 May 1955
    MSC-180 47k
    MSC-180 54k
    MSC-180 43k 26 April 1956
    Placed in service
    MSC-180 55k
    MSC-180 45k . .
    MSC-180 59k Rough seas Arie van Mazijk
    MSC-180 127k .
    MSC-180 11k c. 1950's
    MSC-180 47k c. 1961
    Royal Netherlands Navy photo from the 1961/1962 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships"
    Robert Hurst
    MSC-180 79k After completing FRAM Arie van Mazijk
    MSC-180 73k
    MSC-180 78k
    MSC-180 78k Working with a buoy before sweeping (setting a lap)
    MSC-180 86k

    There is no DANFS history available for MSC-180
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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