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Developments in Wooden Minesweeper
Hull Design Since World War II

By Benjamin W. Lankford, Jr.
Hull Structures Branch
Naval Ship Engineering Center

and John E. Pinto
Materials Development and Applications Office
Naval Ship Engineering Center

© NavShips Tech News

Ocean Minesweeper, MSO-421 class.....Date of design 1951
Ocean Minesweeper, MSO-519 class.....Date of design 1955
Ocean Minesweeper, MSO-523 class.....Date of design 1966 (never built)

"....The (MSO) hull has done the job intended by it's designers.....Not only have these ships met their requirements under expected sea conditions, but in some instances the ships have exceeded expections even under such unusual conditions as collisions and underwater shock loading."

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  • "MSO.523" Class Minesweepers for U.S. Navy

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