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Courtesy of Arie van Mazijk

MSC-186 was built in The Netherlands.

Call sign:
Papa - Alpha - Foxtrot - Uniform

MSC-172 Class Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Originally planned as AMS-186
  • Reclassified by U. S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-186, 7 February 1955
  • Laid down 24 March 1955 by Niestern scheepsbouw unie, Hellevoetsluis, Holland 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 26 April 1956
  • Completed 25 October 1956
  • Commissioned Sittard (M 830), 19 December 1956
  • Underwent Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization (FRAM) program in 1975/1976
  • Decommissioned 13 December 1996
  • Struck from the Navy Register 23 November 1997 and transferred to the Sea Cadets in Harlingen, 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 Man V6V 22/30 diesel engines, two shafts, variable pitch propellers.
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    MSC-186 254k Launching .
    MSC-186 26k . .
    MSC-186 77k . Arie van Mazijk
    MSC-186 96k c. 1956
    MSC-176 190k c. 1965
    Zeebrugge, Belgium
    Moored aft of Abcoude (M 810), ex-MSC-176
    MSC-186 115k .
    MSC-186 72k After undergoing FRAM
    MSC-186 70k
    MSC-186 89k
    MSC-186 125k Moored outboard of Ommen (M813), ex-MSC-178
    M-809 59k Naaldwijk (M 809), Ommen (M 813), Sittard, and Naarden (M 823)
    MSC-186 67k In reserve undergoing repairs
    MSC-186 58k Painting by Joop Henneveld
    MSC-186 85k Harlingen, Holland
    MSC-186 88k 23 November 1997
    Harlingen, Holland
    Lowering the flag for the last time
    MSC-186 86k 23 November 1997
    Harlingen, Holland
    Hoisting the flag of the Sea Cadets
    M-809 66k Training Ship Sittard Sea Cadet Corp, Harlingen, Holland
    MSC-183 247k 5 July 2015
    Den Helder, Holland
    Moored inboard of Naarden during Navy Days celebration
    Gilbert Gyssels
    MSC-183 350k
    MSC-183 238k
    MSC-183 319k

    There is no DANFS history available for MSC-186
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Sea Cadet Corp, Harlingen, Holland.
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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