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MSO-498
ex-AM-498


MSO-498 was built for Norway and later transferred to Belgium.



Dufour call sign:
Oscar - Romeo - Juliet - Delta

Aggressive Class Ocean Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 11 February 1954 as AM-498 by the Bellingham Shipyards Co., Bellingham, WA
  • Launched 13 August 1954
  • Reclassified as an Ocean Minesweeper, MSO-498, 7 February 1955
  • Completed 27 September 1955, transferred to Norway and named Lagen (M 950)
  • Transferred to Belgium 14 April 1966 and renamed Dufour (M 903)
  • Placed in reserve in 1996
  • Requested demilitarization from the Defense Logistics Agency in January 2004
  • Transferred to the Port of Ghent, Belgium for demolition 16 January 2007 and scrapped.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 934 t.
  • Length 190'
  • Beam 36'
  • Draft 12'
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 81
  • Armament: One 40mm mount and two .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two 1,650shp General Motors diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    AM-498
    MSO-498 202k c. 1954
    Fitting out at Bellingham Shipyards Co., Bellingham, WA
    National Archives photo 6933498
    Robert Hurst
    MSO-498 163k c. 1954
    Fitting out at Bellingham Shipyards Co., Bellingham, WA
    In the background are AM-477, later the French minesweeper Vinh Long (M 619) and AM-498, later the Portuguese minesweeper NRP São Jorge (M 415)
    National Archives photo 6933496
    MSO-498
    MSO-498 56k Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Lagen (M 950)
    MSO-498 91k Flying the Norwegian flag, but wearing her U.S. Navy hull number
    U.S. Navy photo
    Robert M. Cieri
    MSO-498 102k Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Dufour (M 903)
    MSO-498 89k
    MSO-498 91k Photo courtesy of Raphodon Robert Hurst
    MSO-498 187k Dufour follows the Federal German Navy Lindau-class minesweeper FGS Cuxhaven (M 1078)
    Photo from the collection Fotoburo de Boer. De Boer photo press agency. Inventory number NL-HlmNHA 1478 31616 K 26
    Photo added 13 August 2019
    MSO-498 87k 7 December 2003
    Zeebrugge, Belgium
    Paolo Marsan
    Dufour
    MSO-498 52k c. January 2007
    Being towed to scrap yard at Ghent, Belgium
    Photo courtesy of Francois Gelens
    Tommy Trampp
    MSO-498 37k
    MSO-498 7k c. January 2007
    Ghent, Belgium
    At scrap yard with De Brouwer (M 904) ex-MSO-499 on the left
    Photo courtesy of Daniel Develter and Luc De Weirdt
    MSO-498 32k c. January 2007
    Ghent, Belgium
    At scrap yard
    Photo courtesy of Daniel Develter and Erik De Smidt

    There is no DANFS history available for MSO-498
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