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AMS-210 was built in France.

AMS-172 Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 27 December 1951 as AMS-210 by DTCN (Direction Technique des Constructions Navales), Cherbourg, France under the off-shore procurement plan of the Military Defense Assistance Pact
  • Launched 6 October 1952
  • Completed 23 April 1954
  • Commissioned Sirius (M 701), 28 September 1954
  • Reclassified by U.S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-210, 7 February 1955
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 375 t.
  • Length 144'
  • Beam 27'
  • Draft 8' 3"
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 39
  • Armament: One 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: Two General Motors diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Minesweeper Ceremony
    490k Minesweeper Ceremony showing Sirius ((M-701) on the port side & Rigel ((M-702) on starboard, circa 1953. Photo from Record Group 286: Records of the Agency for International Development.
    Series: Photographs of Marshall Plan Programs, Exhibits, and Personnel.
    National Archives Identifier:
    Photo courtesy of
    MSC-210 286k Outboard of the ex-Canadian "Bay" class coastal minesweeper La Bayonnaise (M 728), ex-Chignecto
    Photo courtesy Navarret Collection from "Conway's All The World's Fighting Ships 1947-1982 Part 1: The Western Powers"
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS History currently available for MSC-210
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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