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MSC-243
ex-AMS-243


AMS-243 was built in France.

AMS-172 Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down in June 1952 as AMS-243 by DTCN (Direction Technique des Constructions Navales), Cherbourg, France under the off-shore procurement plan of the Military Defense Assistance Pact
  • Launched 13 May 1953
  • Completed 3 December 1953
  • Commissioned Rigel (M 702), 25 September 1954
  • Reclassified by U.S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-243, 7 February 1955
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • 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
    Minesweeper Ceremony
    110524300
    1.29k Minesweeper Ceremony showing Rigel ((M-702) on the port side & Cassiopee ((M-740) starboard, circa 1953. Photo from Record Group 286: Records of the Agency for International Development.
    Series: Photographs of Marshall Plan Programs, Exhibits, and Personnel.
    National Archives Identifier: 19989189
    Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
    Minesweeper Ceremony
    110524600
    1.39k Minesweeper Ceremony showing 4 boats: From left to right, front to back: Unknown, Cassiopee ((M-740), what looks to be Sirius ((M-701), & Castor (M-708), circa 1953. Photo from Record Group 286: Records of the Agency for International Development.
    Series: Photographs of Marshall Plan Programs, Exhibits, and Personnel.
    National Archives Identifier: 19989187
    Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
    MSC-243 119k Photo by Marine Nationale Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS History currently available for MSC-243
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    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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