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USS Cormorant (MHC 57)

- decommissioned -

USS CORMORANT was the seventh ship in the OSPREY - class of coastal mine hunters. Delivered to the Navy on March 1, 1997, and commissioned on April 12, 1997, the ship became part of the Naval Reserve Force on January 11, 1998. In that role the ship was used as training platform for naval reservists. Decommissioned on December 1, 2007, the CORMORANT is presently laid-up at Beaumont, Tx.

General Characteristics:Awarded: March 29, 1991
Keel laid: October 4, 1993
Launched: October 21, 1995
Commissioned: April 12, 1997
Decommissioned: December 1, 2007
Builder: Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans, La.
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 CORMORANT. 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 used by the Navy and reflect the sea and excellence. The mission of minehunting is symbolized by the horned contact mine and the tridents represent the two previous ships to bear the name CORMORANT. World War II battle service of the first CORMORANT included participation in the 1944 invasion of Normandy, France. The anchor refers to the allied fleet waiting to cross the English Channel and the Star recalls the battle star received for World War II service. The light and dark blue waves denote CORMORANT's capabilities to operate in coastal and deep waters. The red bordure represents containment of the threat of mines and underwater hazards to shipping. Red is the color of courage, valor, zeal, and sacrifice.

The Crest:

The cormorant, namesake of the ship and known for extraordinary skill in pursuit of it's quarry even at great depths, emphasizes the significant hunting capabilities of CORMORANT. It's stance and attitude denote alertness and readiness.

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