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AMS-234 was built in France.

AMS-218 Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down as Motor Minesweeper, AMS-234 by Felix Amyot, Cherbourg, France under the off-shore procurement plan of the Military Defense Assistance Pact
  • Reclassified by U. S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-234, 7 February 1955
  • Launched 3 January 1956
  • Completed 26 January 1956 and named Céphée (M 756)
  • Commissioned 11 June 1956
  • Decommissioned in June 1988
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 375 t.
  • Length 144'
  • Beam 27'
  • Draft 8' 3"
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 39
  • Armament: One 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: Two General Motors diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    MSC-234 94k Photo by Marine Nationale Robert Hurst
    MSC-234 110k c. 1959
    Ostend, Belgium
    Photo by Marine Nationale
    MSC-234 70k c. 1981
    Port Said, Egypt
    Outboard of an unidentified MSC
    Photo by Marine Nationale

    There is no DANFS History currently available for MSC-234
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    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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