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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 267-96
May 09, 1996

NAVY ANNOUNCES COMMISSIONING OF COASTAL MINE HUNTER SHIP ROBIN (MHC 54)

The U.S. Navy will commission the Osprey class Coastal Mine Hunter Robin (MHC 54) in ceremonies at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 11,1996, at Naval Station Ingleside, Texas.

The Honorable Solomon Ortiz, Congressman from Texas, will be the principle speaker at the ceremony. Mrs. Hope Kihune, wife of Vice Admiral Robert Kihune, USN (Retired), ship's sponsor, will give the first order to man our ship and bring her to life. Rear Admiral John Pearson, Commander, Mine Warfare Command, will be among the distinguished guests attending.

Ships in this class are named after birds. This ship commemorates the prior service of minecraft of the same name. The first Robin (AM 3) (1918-1945) helped clear the North Sea Mine Barrage. The second was a coastal minesweeper (ex-YMS 311) that earned five battle stars for service during World War II as the unnamed YMS 311, and downed three kamikaze suicide planes off Okinawa. Later, the ship was named Robin in 1947 and served until 1961. Robin is the fourth of 12 Osprey Class ships authorized by Congress to be built. Ships of this class are the world's largest mine hunters to be constructed entirely of fiberglass. The ship's primary mission is reconnaissance, classification and neutralization of moored and bottle 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.

Following the commissioning, Robin will join with Lieutenant Commander Mark J. Murphy, U.S. Navy, a native of Beach Grove, Indiana, as the prospective Commanding Officer. The ship will be homeported in Ingleside, Texas, with a crew of five officers and 46 sailors. This ship measures 188 feet in length, has a beam of 36 feet and displaces approximately 895 tons when fully loaded.

For information relating to the commissioning, contact LT Ingrid Mueller, Naval Station Ingleside, Texas, at (512) 776- 4206.

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