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MSC-276 was built for Iran

MCS-268 Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down as MSC-276 by the Bellingham Shipyards Co., Bellingham, WA
  • Completed 28 October 1959, transferred to Iran and named IIN Shahrokh (MSC 31)
  • Renamed and reclassified IIN Hamzeh (AXT 301) in 1998 and used as a Cadet training ship
  • Possibly operating as a Diving Tender
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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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    MSC-276 209k In Maltese waters
    Still wearing her U.S. Navy hull number
    Photo by A. & J. Pavia
    Robert Hurst
    MSC-276 51k c. 1966
    Imperial Iranian Navy photo
    MSC-276 183k c. 1971
    Imperial Iranian Navy photo

    There is no DANFS history available for MSC-276
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association Association of Minemen

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