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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 610-95
November 16, 1995

COASTAL MINE HUNTER SHIP PELICAN (MHC 53)

TO BE COMMISSIONED AT BEAUMONT, TEXAS

The U.S. Navy will commission the Coastal Mine Hunter Pelican (MHC 53) at 10 a.m.,

Saturday, November 18, 1995, in Texas at the Port of Beaumont.

Representative Charles Wilson of Texas will introduce the ceremony's principal speaker,

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. Other distinguished guests at the ceremony will include the

Honorable David W. Moore, Mayor of Beaumont.

Coastal mine hunters are named after birds. Two previous minecraft have been named

Pelican. The first Pelican (AM 27) (1918-1945) participated in clearing the North Sea Mine

Barrage in 1919. Later reclassified as a small seaplane tender (AVP 6), she ultimately evaluated

new anti-submarine warfare gear in 1945. The second Pelican (YMS 311) (1945-1968) earned

nine battle stars in Korea.

Pelican is the third 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 and are capable of

performing reconnaissance, classification, and neutralization of moored and bottom mines in

coastal waters in support of worldwide Navy operations "Forward...From the Sea." The ship is

armed with a high definition, variable depth sonar, a remotely-operated robotic submarine used

to neutralize mines and two .50 caliber machine guns.

Pelican is 188 feet in length, has a beam of 36 feet, displaces approximately 895 metric

tons (fully loaded) and will carry a crew of five officers and 46 Sailors. Lieutenant Commander

Kevin T. Holden, USN, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will be the ship's commanding

officer.

Media wishing to attend the ceremony should contact Ms. Karen Kiesling, Publicity

Chairperson, Beaumont Commissioning Committee, at (800) 392-4401.

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