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Courtesy of Arie van Mazijk

MSC-187 was built in The Netherlands.

Call sign:
Papa - Alpha - India - Sierra

MSC-172 Class Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Originally planned as AMS-187
  • Reclassified by U. S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-187, 7 February 1955
  • Laid down 5 April 1955 by J. and K. Smit scheepswerf, Kinderdijk, 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 13 March 1956
  • Completed 18 August 1956
  • Placed in service as Gemert (M 841), 7 September 1956
  • Started undergoing Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization (FRAM) program 31 May 1974
  • Completed FRAM 11 April 1976
  • Struck from the Naval Register 15 September 1993
  • Sold for scrap toR. Zorn of Haarlem, Holland for 8,030 Dutch Guilden (3,643 Euros/$4,834).


  • 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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    MSC-187 127k 13 March 1956
    Arie van Mazijk
    MSC-187 80k 7 September 1956
    Placed in service
    MSC-187 48k
    MSC-187 64k
    MSC-187 97k .
    MSC-187 85k
    MSC-187 112k
    MSC-187 56k
    MSC-187 58k
    MSC-187 61k After undergoing FRAM
    MSC-187 57k
    MSC-187 66k
    MSC-187 62k
    MSC-187 96k
    MSC-187 36k . .
    MSC-259 78k Verviers (M 934), ex-MSC-259, center, in formation with the West German minesweeper Wilhelm (M 1076), flanked by the Dutch minesweepers Hoogeveen (M 827), ex-MSC-184 and Gemert, followed by an unidentified Royal Navy "Ton" class minesweeper. Robert Hurst
    MSC-187 233k c. 1973
    Steaming in company with the German Minehunter FDS Konstanz (M 1081), the British HMS Bossington (M 1133) and the Belgium Coastal Minesweeper Shovel (M 927) during a NATO exercise.
    MSC-187 291k 9 November 1997
    Being used as a "test vessel" in the new ship lift at Den Helder Navy Yard
    Arie van Mazijk

    There is no DANFS history available for MSC-187
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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