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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive


Courtesy of Arie van Mazijk

Call sign:
Papa - Alpha - Charlie - Quebec

MSC-185 was built in The Netherlands.

MSC-172 Class Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Planned as AMS-185
  • Reclassified by U. S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-185, 7 February 1955
  • Laid down 2 May 1955 by Gusto v/h fa. F. A. Smulders, 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
  • Launched 21 July 1956
  • Completed 20 December 1956
  • Commissioned Staphorst (M 828), 23 January 1957
  • Underwent Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization (FRAM) program in 1974
  • Placed out of service 20 January 1984 and struck from the Naval Register
  • Sold for scrap 19 March 1987 to the Westmetaal Co. of Amsterdam, Holland
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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-185 66k 21 July 1956
    Arie van Mazijk
    MSC-185 69k
    MSC-185 42k 23 January 1957
    Placed in service
    MSC-185 53k
    MSC-185 63k
    MSC-185 47k Institute of Maritime History photo .
    MSC-185 55k c. 1957 Arie van Mazijk
    MSC-185 46k Sea trials after FRAM
    MSC-185 72k After undergoing FRAM program
    MSC-185 55k
    MSC-185 77k
    MSC-185 57k
    MSC-185 76k

    There is no DANFS history available for MSC-185
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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