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ex-HMS J-956

BYMS-2156 served the Navies of Great Britian and The Netherlands.

Texelstroom call sign:
Papa - Alpha - November - Hotel

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 29 June 1942 as YMS-156 by the Burger Boat Co., Manitowoc, WI
  • Launched 12 November 1942
  • Completed 13 March 1943
  • Transferred to Great Britian 26 March 1943 and reclassified HMS J-956
  • Reclassified HMS BYMS-2156
  • Returned to U.S. custody 10 April 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in March 1947, loaned to The Netherlands and named HNLMS Texelstroom (M 836)
  • Returned to U.S. custody 27 July 1947
  • Struck from the Naval Register 16 September 1947 and permanently transferred to Holland
  • Reclassified as a Diving Vessel, MV-39 in 1957
  • Scrapped in 1976.


  • Displacement 270 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 8'
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 32
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 20mm mounts, and two depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    HMS J-956
    YMS-156 71k . .
    HNLMS Texelstroom (MV 39)
    YMS-210 56k Moored inboard of Marsdiep (MV 37) and Borndiep (MV 34) Arie van Mazijk
    YMS-156 115k A flotilla of Royal Netherlands Navy BYMS-class minesweepers led by HNLMS Texelstroom (MV-39), off the coast of the Netherlands
    Photo from the November 1948 edition of "All Hands" magazine
    Robert Hurst
    YMS-155 76k Steaming in formation, left to right: Texelstroom, Vliestroom (MV 38) and Westerschelde (MV 42) Arie van Mazijk
    HNLMS Texelstroom (M 836)
    YMS-254 56k Moored between Duerloo (M 832) and an unidentifed minesweeper Arie van Mazijk
    YMS-156 48k .
    YMS-156 51k
    YMS-156 32k

    There is no DANFS history available for YMS-156
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    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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