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BRP Mangyan (AS-71)

BRP Mangyan (AS-71).jpg
United States
Name: FP/FS-524[1]
Operator: U.S. Army Transportation Corps
Builder: Calumet Shipyard & Drydock Co., Chicago, Illinois[1]
Commissioned: 1 July 1944[2]
Decommissioned: 11 October 1945[2]
Fate: Transferred to JMSDF in 1955, reverted to US Navy in 1974. Transferred to Philippine Navy in 1978.[3]
Name: Miho
Namesake: Miho Peninsula in Shimizu Ward of Shizuoka City[3]
Operator: Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
Commissioned: 31 March 1955[3]
Decommissioned: 30 September 1974[3]
Fate: Reverted to US Navy in 1974.[3]
Name: Mangyan
Namesake: Mangyan is the generic name for the eight indigenous groups found on the island of Mindoro, in the Philippines.
Operator: Philippine Navy
Acquired: 1978[3]
Status: Active in service as of 2013[3]
General characteristics
Class and type: Design 381 coastal freighter
Tonnage: 560 GT[1]
  • 480 long tons (490 t) (light)
  • 610 long tons (620 t) (full load)[4]
Length: 180 ft (55 m)[4]
Beam: 32 ft (9.8 m)[4]
Draft: 7 ft (2.1 m) forward, 10 ft (3.0 m) aft (full load)[4]
Propulsion: 2 × GM6-278A diesel engines[4]
Speed: 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) (max)[4]
Endurance: 5,000 nautical miles (9,300 km; 5,800 mi)[4]
  • 1 × 81 mm (3.2 in) mortar
  • .50 and .30 caliber machine guns[4]

BRP Mangyan (AS71) is an auxiliary ship of the Philippine Navy, formerly the freight supply ship U.S. Army FS-524, built for the United States Army during World War II.

Service history

The vessel was commissioned on 1 July 1944, manned by Coast Guard personnel, and assigned to the South-west Pacific and Western Pacific areas. She was decommissioned on 11 October 1945.[2]

Later turned over to the United States Navy, then she was transferred to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force as JDS Miho (MST-472) on 31 March 1955. Together with her sistership JDS Nasami (MST-471,ex-FS-408), they converted to the minesweeper tender. Miho was used in minesweeping missions and limited transport services until 1974.[3]

The Philippine government acquired the ship through Foreign Military Sales (FMS) from the United States government. She underwent extensive repairs at the Maebata Shipbuilding Inc. in Sasebo, Japan in 1978 until she was finally turned over to the Philippine Navy. On 27 March 1979, she was commissioned as BRP Mangyan (AS71) named after the Mangyan peoples, an ethnic minority on Mindoro island.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Colton, Tim (2011). "Calumet". Archived from the original on 4 November 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "World War II Coast Guard-Manned U.S. Army Freight and Supply Ship Histories". U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office. 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "MST "Nasami" Class (Japanese)". 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Naming and Code Designation of PN vessels" (PDF). De La Salle University, Manila. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2011.