The Osprey Class Coastal Mine Hunter Cormorant (MHC 57) will
be commissioned during an 11a.m. ceremony on Saturday, April 12,
1997, at Harbor Island, Tampa, Fla.
Congressman Jim Davis, of Florida is the principal speaker.
Suzanne P. Prueher, wife
of Adm. Joseph W. Prueher, Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific
Command, is the ship's sponsor and will give the order to man
our ship and bring her to life.
Coastal mine hunters are names after North American birds.
Two previous ships have been named Cormorant.
The first, a
minesweeper (AM 40 and later ATO 133), served from 1919-1946,
participated in the sweeping of the North Sea mine barrage and
earned one battle star for World War II service.
The second --
(AMS 122) also a minesweeper -- served from 1953 to 1970.
Cormorant is the seventh of 12 Osprey class ships scheduled
to be built.
Ships of this class are the world's largest mine
hunters to be constructed entirely of fiberglass.
This ship is
capable of performing reconnaissance, classification, and
neutralization of moored and bottom mines in coastal waters
during worldwide Navy operations ForwardFrom the Sea. This
ship is armed with two .50 caliber machine guns; a high
definition, variable depth sonar; and a remotely-operated,
robotic submarine used to neutralize mines.
Lt. Cmdr. Ronald W. Kennedy, USN, a native of Jersey City,
N.J., is Cormorant's commanding officer.
With a crew of five
officers and 46 enlisted, Cormorant will join the U.S. Atlantic
Fleet and will be homeported in Ingleside, Texas.
188 feet in length, has a beam of 36 feet, and displaces
approximately 960 metric tons when fully loaded.