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MSC-283 was built for South Vietnam.

MSC-268 Class Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Laid down as MSC-283 by Stephens Brothers, Inc., Stockton, CA
  • Completed 18 September 1959
  • Transferred to South Vietnam 23 February 1960 and named Bach Dang (HQ 116)
  • Scraped in 1970.


  • Displacement 370 t.
  • Length 152'
  • Beam 28'
  • Draft 7'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 38
  • Armament: Two twin 20mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two General Motors diesel engines, two shafts.
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    MSC-283 332k 23 February 1960
    Commissioning of MSC-283 as Bach Dang (HQ 116) at Mare Island. YRBM-2 is forward of the minesweeper with a unidentified YF outboard
    U.S. Navy photo MSC 283 47187-2-60
    Darryl Baker
    MSC-283 164k Tommy Trampp
    MSC-283 138k In South Vietnamese waters, during the 1960s
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 93774
    Mike Green

    There is no DANFS history available for MSC-283
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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