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MSC-280 was built for Italy.

MSC-268 Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Laid down as MSC-280 by the Tacoma Boatbuilding Co., Tacoma, WA
  • Launched 29 October 1959
  • Completed 16 December 1960, transferred to Italy and named Salice (M 5519)
  • Renamed Mandorlo
  • Reclassified A-5519
  • Struck from the Navy Register 30 November 1993
  • 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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    Size Image Description Source
    MSC-280 137k U.S. Navy photo from the February 1963 edition of All Hands magazine. Joe Radigan
    MSC-280 158k c. 1962
    Italian Navy photo from the 1964/1965 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    MSC-280 59k c. 1966
    MSC-280 265k 22 May 1975
    La Spezia, Italy
    Carlo Martinelli
    MSC-280 318k 14 May 1992
    La Spezia, Italy

    There is no DANFS history available for MSC-280
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    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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