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MSC-281 was built for South Vietnam.

MSC-268 Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Laid down as MSC-281 by Stephens Brothers, Inc., Stockton, CA
  • Completed 26 June 1959 and transferred to South Vietnam
  • Commissioned Ham Tu II (HQ 114), 9 July 1959
  • Scrapped.


  • Displacement 370 t.
  • Length 152'
  • Beam 28'
  • Draft 7'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 38
  • Armament: Two 20mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two 600shp General Motors diesel engines, two shafts.
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    MSC-281 194k 26 June 1959
    Article on transfer to Vietnam from the Mare Island newspaper
    Darryl Baker
    MSC-281 46k 9 July 1959
    Invitation to transfer ceremony
    MSC-281 111k 9 July 1959
    News-Chronicle article on transfer of MSC-281 to Vietnam
    Ham Tu II (HQ 114)
    MSC-281 60k c. 1960 Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for MSC-281
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    Association of Minemen
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