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Courtesy of Arie van Mazijk

MSC-183 was built in The Netherlands.

Call sign:
Papa - Alpha - Yankee - Tango

MSC-172 Class Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 28 October 1954 as AMS-183 by Wilton Feyenoord N. V., Schiedam, 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-183, 7 February 1955
  • Launched 27 January 1956
  • Completed 10 May 1956
  • Commissioned Naarden (M 823), 18 May 1956
  • Decommissioned in 1996 and laid up in reserve
  • Struck from the Navy Register in 1997 and transferred to the Sea Cadets in Delfzijl, Holland.


  • Displacement 417 t.
  • Length 149' 8"
  • Beam 28'
  • Draft 9'
  • Speed 16 kts.
  • Complement 38
  • Armament: Two 40mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two 1250 shp MAN V6V 22/30 diesel engines, two shafts, controllable pitch propellers.
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    MSC-183 57k 18 May 1956
    Placed in service
    Arie van Mazijk
    MSC-183 40k 18 May 1956
    Placed in service
    Abcoude (M 810), ex-MSC-176 is on the right
    MSC-183 90k 18 May 1956
    Placed in service
    MSC-183 40k . .
    M-809 72k Rotterdam, Holland
    Moored between of Drachen (M 812), ex-MSC-177 and Ommen (M 813), ex-MSC-178
    Arie van Mazijk
    MSC-183 19k .
    MSC-183 68k
    MSC-183 74k
    MSC-183 74k
    MSC-183 60k
    MSC-183 173k c. 1974/1976
    After undergoing Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization
    M-809 59k Naaldwijk (M 809), Ommen (M 813), Sittard (M 830), and Naarden
    MSC-183 86k Planting a buoy for setting a lap before sweeping
    MSC-183 147k c. 1997
    Naarden in service by the Sea Cadets in Delfzijl
    MSC-183 231k 5 July 2015
    Den Helder, Holland
    Ships crest
    Gilbert Gyssels
    MSC-183 247k 5 July 2015
    Den Helder, Holland
    Moored outboard of Sittard during Navy Days celebration
    MSC-183 350k
    MSC-183 238k
    MSC-183 319k

    There is no DANFS history available for MSC-183
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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