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MSI-59 was built in Italy.

MSI-15 Class Inshore Minesweeper:

  • Laid down in 1956 by Cantieri Riuniti Adriatic, Monfalcone, Italy as MSI-59
  • Launched 22 August 1956
  • Delivered 20 May 1957 and named Arsella (M 5451)
  • Placed out of service 1 September 1973
  • Sold in 1976
  • Did some film work in 1977 and given the dummy name Tana
  • Sold for scrap in 1979 at Southend, England
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 120 t.
  • Length 112'
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 8'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 21
  • Armament: One .50 cal. machine gun
  • Propulsion: Four General Motors 6-71 diesel engines, reduction to one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    MSI-59 103k c. 1964
    Photo by Giorgio Arra from the 1964/1965 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    Blaricum 57k 7 August 1979
    Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
    Being scrapped, left to right, the Graciosa (M-417), ex-MSO-486; the Dutch minesweeper Blaricum (M 853), ex-MSC-112 and the Italian minesweeper Arsella
    MSI-59 199k c. February 1983
    Berthed at the old Corporation Jetty, Southend

    There is no DANFS history currently available for MSI-59
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen

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