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MSR Nestin class 

Nestin class MSR


Notes: These craft are designed specifically to sweep (and lay) mines in rivers and harbors. By virtue of their substantial light armament and sturdy shipbuilding they were also effective riverine warfare boats. They were exported to Hungary and Iraq. The original Yugoslav designation was Type 50. The armament and radar were updated in the 1980s.

Displacement: 65t standard, 78t full Dimensions: 88’6”x21’7”x5’2”

Machinery: 2 12CL diesels, 2 props

Max Speed: 15kts Range: 864NM @ 11kts

Complement: 17


x8 (2 quad) M75 20mm     1.5NM AA/surface


Decca 1226 (I)                  20NM navigation (bearing, range)


PEAM (“Kram”) Magnetic/acoustic combination (600’ towed)

AEL-1 Contact (explosive)

MDL-1 Contact

MDL-2 Contact


Built between 1975 and 1979, these ships were highly popular in Yugoslav service. All were built in Belgrade. With the independence of Montenegro in May 2006, all were transferred inland to the Serbian riverine flotilla. Names are Nestin (M 331), Motajica (M 332), Belegis (M 333), Bocut (M 334), Vucedol (M 335), Djerdar (M 336), and Panonsko More (M 337). Belegis was decommissioned in 2008, and Bocut is non-operational and partially stripped to support the other ships.


The Hungarian army has a riverine wing that is a descendant of the old WWI Austro-Hungarian navy which still technically existed as late as 1968. These six ships were bought in 1979 and are all still active. Names are Ujpest (AM 11), Baja (AM 12), Szazhalombatta (AM 21), Obuda (AM 22), Dunaujvaros (AM 31), and Dunafoldvar (AM 32).


Three ships were delivered in 1980. All survived both the Iran-Iraq war and Desert Storm, although they were largely inactive after 1991. Two were sunk during the 2003 war and the third (below) was captured in a damaged state by British soldiers and scrapped.

Entry created by: Jason W. Henson
Contributors: Jason W. Henson

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