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AMS-238 was built in Italy.

Call sign:
India - Hotel - Lima - Whiskey

AMS-218 Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down as Motor Minesweeper, AMS-238 by C. R. D. A., Monfalcone, Italy under the off-shore procurement plan of the Military Defense Assistance Pact
  • Reclassified by U. S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-238, 7 February 1955
  • Completed 28 February 1957 and named Palma (M 5525)
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Craft, P-498 in 1985
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 380 t.
  • Length 145' 5"
  • Beam 27'
  • Draft 8' 5"
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 48
  • Armament: Two 20mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two 2,000shp Mercedes-Benz diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    MSC-238 271k c. 1966
    Photo from the 1966/1967 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships courtesy of Aldo Fraccaroli
    Robert Hurst
    MSC-238 466k 5 October 1973
    La Spezia, Italy
    Carlo Martinelli

    There is no DANFS History currently available for MSC-238
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    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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