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AMS-245 built in France.

AMS-172 Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down in 1952 as AMS-245 by At. and Ch. Penhoët, St. Nazaire, France under the off-shore procurement plan of the Military Defense Assistance Pact
  • Launched 14 January 1953
  • Completed 27 October 1953
  • Commissioned Véga (M 707), 26 June 1954
  • Reclassified by U.S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-245, 7 February 1955
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Vessel, P-707, 1 January 1976
  • Decommissioned 3 December 1979
  • Scrapped in July 1981.


  • Displacement 375 t.
  • Length 144'
  • Beam 27'
  • Draft 8' 3"
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 39
  • Armament: One 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: Two 880shp General Motors diesel engines, two shafts.
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    MSC-245 37k Photo courtesy M. Henri Le Masson from the 1961/1962 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships" Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS History currently available for MSC-245.
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