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AMS-247 was built in France.

MSC-172 Class Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Laid down in March 1952 as Motor Minesweeper, AMS-247 by At. and Ch. Penhoët, St. Nazaire, France under the off-shore procurement plan of the Military Defense Assistance Pact
  • Launched 18 May 1954
  • Reclassified by U. S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-247, 7 February 1955
  • Completed 28 March 1955 and named Éridan (M 741)
  • Commissioned 15 July 1955
  • Reclassified P-741, 1 July 1976
  • Renamed Aldébaran 29 November 1977
  • 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 General Motors diesel engines, two shafts.
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    AMS-247 43k c. 1979/1980
    Bay of Biscay
    Photo courtesy Marine National
    Robert Hurst
    AMS-247 38k c. 1979/1980
    In center background, during firing exercises off the CEL (Centre d'Essais des Landes)
    Photo courtesy Marine National
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS History currently available for MSC-247
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    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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