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AMS-259 was built for Belgium.

MSC-218 Class Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Laid down as Motor Minesweeper, AMS-259 by the Hodgdon Brothers, Goudy and Stevens, East Boothbay, ME
  • Reclassified by U. S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-259, 7 February 1955
  • Completed 4 June 1956, transferred to Belgium and named Verviers (M 934)
  • Converted to a Minehunter in 1972
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Navy Register in 1988
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 375 t.
  • Length 144'
  • Beam 27'
  • Draft 8' 3"
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 39
  • Armament: One 20mm mount mount
  • Propulsion: Two General Motors diesel engines, two shafts.
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    MSC-259 35k . .
    MSC-259 78k Verviers, center, in formation with the West German minesweeper Wilhelm (M 1076), flanked by the Dutch minesweepers Hoogeveen (M 827), ex-MSC-184 and Gemert (M 841), ex-MSC-187, followed by an unidentified Royal Navy "Ton" class minesweeper. Robert Hurst
    MSC-259 226k c. 1969
    Photo courtesy Godfrey H. Walker, Esq. from the 1969-1970 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    MSC-259 56k c. December 1973

    There is no DANFS History currently available for MSC-259
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association Association of Minemen

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