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MSC-246
ex-AMS-246


MSC-246 built in France.

AMS-172 Class Motor Minesweeper: Laid down as AMS-246 by At. and Ch. PenhoŽt, St. Nazaire, France under the off-shore procurement plan of the Military Defense Assistance Pact; Launched 16 November 1953; Completed 17 February 1954; Commissioned Cassiopee (M 740), 18 September 1954; Reclassified by U.S. Navy as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-246, 7 February 1955; Decommissioned in 1976. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 375 t.; Length 144'; Beam 27'; Draft 8' 3"; Speed 14 kts; Complement 39; Armament one 20mm; Propulsion 880 shp General Motors diesel engines, two shafts.


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Minesweeper Ceremony
110524600
1.39k Minesweeper Ceremony showing 4 boats: From left to right, front to back: Unknown, Cassiopee ((M-740), what looks to be Sirius ((M-701), & Castor (M-708), 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: 19989187
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Minesweeper Ceremony
110524300
1.29k Minesweeper Ceremony showing Rigel ((M-702) on the port side & Cassiopee ((M-740) 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: 19989189
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Minesweeper Ceremony
110521000
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: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/19989195
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Minesweeper Ceremony
110524302
1.29k Minesweeper Ceremony showing Rigel ((M-702) on the port side & Cassiopee ((M-740) 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: 19989187
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Minesweeper Ceremony
110524601
1.59k Minesweeper Ceremony showing 4 boats: From left to right, front to back: Only the Cassiopee ((M-740) is clearly identified, 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: 19989185
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov

There is no DANFS History currently available for MSC-246.
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