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Release No: 124-96
March 07, 1996


The Coastal Mine Hunter Cardinal will be christened in a ceremony Saturday, March 9, 1996, at Intermarine USA Corporation, Savannah, Georgia. Mrs. Jane Gephardt, wife of Congressman Richard A. Gephardt of Missouri, is the ship's sponsor. In the age-old Navy tradition, Mrs. Gephardt will break a bottle of champagne across the bow and formally name Cardinal.

Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton will introduce Mr. Lou Brock, former St. Louis Cardinals baseball player, who will be the principal speaker at the ceremony.

Two previous minesweepers have borne the name Cardinal; the first, AM 6, operated for most of her career along the California coast; the second, AM 67, patrolled the 5th Naval District during World War II.

Cardinal is the tenth of 12 Osprey Class ships authorized by Congress to be built. The ship's primary mission is reconnaissance, classification, and neutralization of moored and bottom mines in harbors and coastal waterways. The 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.

Cardinal measures 188 feet in length, has a beam of 36 feet and displaces approximately 895 tons (fully loaded). This ship will carry a crew of five officers and 46 sailors.

For information related to the christening, Intermarine USA Corporation point of contact is Glenn McGull at (912) 234-6579 ext. 337.

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