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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive


Courtesy of Arie van Mazijk

Call sign:
Papa - Alpha - Lima - Whiskey

MSC-189 was built in The Netherlands.

MSC-172 Class Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Originally planned as AMS-189
  • Reclassified by U. S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-189, 7 February 1955
  • Laid down 18 April 1955 as MSC-189 by Arnhemse scheepsbouw maatschappij, Arnhem, 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 31 May 1956
  • Completed 25 November 1956
  • Commissioned Rhenen (M 844), 7 December 1956
  • Converted to a Diving Tender in 1963/1964
  • Underwent Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization Program (FRAM) in 1973/1974
  • Placed out of service 1 January 1984
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1986
  • Sold for scrap 12 March 1986 to Hofland of Zeist, Holland for 25,800 Dutch Guilden (11,707 Euros/$11,156).


  • 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-189 364k 31 May 1956
    Arie van Mazijk
    MSC-189 57k 7 December 1956
    Placed in service
    MSC-189 83
    MSC-189 84k
    MSC-189 30k . .
    MSC-189 64k . Arie van Mazijk
    MSC-189 60k
    MSC-189 61k Underway in Mediterranean Sea
    MSC-189 67k After undergoing FRAM
    MSC-189 98k
    MSC-189 55k c. April 1966
    Crew photo
    MSC-189 89k
    MSC-189 53k c. April 1966
    Divers on deck

    There is no DANFS history available for MSC-189
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association Association of Minemen

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