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MSC-218 was built for the Philippines

Call sign:
Delta - Uniform - Xray - Golf

AMS-218 Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down as AMS-218 by the Bellingham Shipyards Co., Bellingham, WA
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-218, 7 February 1955
  • Completed 15 February 1956, transferred to the Philippines and named RPS Zambales (PM 55)
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1979
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 375 t.
  • Length 144'
  • Beam 27'
  • Draft 8' 3"
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 39
  • Armament: One 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: General Motors diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    MSC-218 125k U.S. Navy photo Joe Radigan
    MSC-218 160k c. 1969
    Philippine Navy photo from the 1969/1970 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS History currently available for MSC-218
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    Naval Minewarfare Association Association of Minemen

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