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USS Osprey (MHC 51)

- decommissioned -

USS OSPREY was the lead ship of the OSPREY - class of coastal mine hunters. Delivered to the Navy on August 23, 1993, and commissioned on November 20, 1993, the OSPREY was transfered to the Naval Reserve Force on October 1, 2000, and was subsequently used as training platform for naval reservists until decommissioned on June 15, 2006. The OSPREY is currently laid-up at Beaumont, Tx., as a logistics support asset.

General Characteristics:Awarded: May 22, 1987
Keel laid: June 16, 1988
Launched: March 23, 1991
Commissioned: November 20, 1993
Decommissioned: June 15, 2006
Builder: Intermarine USA, Savannah, GA
Propulsion System: two diesels (800 hp each)
Propellers: two
Length: 188 feet (57.3 meters)
Beam: 36 feet (11 meters)
Draft: 9,5 feet (2.9 meters)
Displacement: 895 tons
Speed: 12 knots
Armament: Mine neutralization system, two .50 caliber machine guns
Crew: 5 Officers, 46 Enlisted

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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS OSPREY. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.

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About the Ship's Coat of Arms:

The Shield:

Dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally associated with the Navy and reflect the sea and excellence. Black is indicative of strength and stability. Blue denoted loyalty and devotion. Red is the color of valor, zeal and sacrifice. White is emblematic of integrity. The trident is for naval power and recalls the three previous ships of the same name. The annulet suggests continuous and courageous efforts and the round shape simulates an "O" in allusion the name Osprey. The wavy border is characteristic of the coast line, the theater of operations for the coastal minehunter. The single upright trident emulates the numeral "1" and implies the ship is the first of its class and a lead ship. The fourteen stars are commemorative of the previous USS OSPREYS' fourteen battle honors.

The Crest:

The waves of the sea denote coastal waters, harbors and waterways and the Navy's theater of operations. The stylized mine alludes to the many moored and bottom mines in the harbors and coastal waterways and the OSPREY's mission. The osprey or "fishing hawk" reflects the aggressiveness of the OSPREY and its crew in carrying out their mission of minehunting.

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