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Bronze plaque on right courtesy of Tommy Trampp

Osprey (MHC-51)

Osprey Class Coastal Minehunter:

  • The fourth Osprey was laid down 16 June 1988 by the Intermarine Shipyard, Savannah, GA
  • Launched 23 March 1991
  • Commissioned 20 November 1993
  • Decommissioned 15 June 2006, struck from the Navy Register and laid up in the Reserve Fleet at Beaumont, TX.


  • Displacement 895 Metric Tons
  • Length 188'
  • Beam 36'
  • Draft (Navigation) 9' 5", Draft (Keel) 7'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 53
  • Armament: Two .50 cal. machine guns and one man held Stinger missile launcher
  • Propulsion: Two 800hp Isotta Fraschini ID36 SS8V-AM diesel engines; two Voith Schneider vertical axis, cycloidal, controllable pitch propellers, two shafts
  • Electrical Systems: Two ship service diesel generators, one ship service/emergency diesel generator; Monocoque Design glass reinforced plastic monohull design. No longitudinal or transverse hull
    framing. The skin carries all the stresses. The vessel is flexible under shock. Machinery is supported by cradles from the main deck
  • Sensors/Navigation Systems AN/SYQ-13 Navigation, Command & Control System, AN/SPS-64(V)9 surface search radar, AN/SPA-25G radar display; AN/UQN-4A sonar sounding set, AN/WSN-2
    stabilized gyrocompass, Hyper-fix radio navigation system, Loran C, Military global positioning system (GPS), AN/BQH-7A expendable bathythermograph set
  • Mine Countermeasures Systems: AN/SLQ-48(V)2 mine neutralization system (MNS), AN/SQQ-32 minehunting sonar.
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    Osprey(MHC 51)
    Osprey 44k

    Osprey - A large hawk-like bird with a dark brown back and a white breast, found in most countries of the world

    Tommy Trampp
    Osprey 42k Fitting out at the Intermarine USA shipyard. Savannah, GA. 5 September 1993 OS2 John Bouvia
    Osprey 51k
    Osprey 115k Fitting out at the Intermarine USA shipyard. Savannah, GA. 5 September 1993
    Osprey 99k c. 1993 Tommy Trampp
    USS Osprey (MHC 51)
    Osprey 42k Line drawing Joe Radigan
    Osprey 43k Osprey Website
    Osprey 75k
    Osprey 146k Conducting shock tests at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland Bill Gonyo
    Osprey 178k 30 September 1998
    The rescue, salvage and towing ship USS Grapple (ARS-53), heads in to port with the mine hunter ship Osprey in tow
    U.S. Navy photo 970930-N-0000U-018
    Osprey 131k 3 December 2004
    Panama City, FL
    The mine countermeasure ship USS Chief (MCM 14) and the mine hunter coastal ship Osprey prior to getting underway for the Gulf of Mexico Exercises (GOMEX) 05-1. GOMEX is scheduled quarterly for mine countermeasures units that have completed a basic mine countermeasures training phase. GOMEX marks the transition of a mine warfare readiness group from training to ready-to-deploy status and includes integrated surface, air and explosive ordnance disposal mine countermeasures operations
    U.S. Navy photo 041203-N-0206B-016 by Jacqui Barker
    Original photo: Joe Radigan
    Replacement photo: Bill Gonyo

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR David W. Faase, USN22 November 1993 - 1 August 1994
    02LCDR Joel Tally Griner, Jr., USN1 August 1994 - 20 July 1996
    03LCDR Warren Edward Rhoades, III, USN20 July 1996 - 30 January 1998
    04LCDR Robert Bruce Stewart, USN30 January 1998 - 11 June 1999
    05LCDR Paul Joseph Severs, USN - USNA Class of 198511 June 1999 - 11 January 2001
    06LCDR Robert P. Benjamin, USN11 January 2001 - 6 September 2002
    07LCDR Daniel A. Starling, USNR6 September 2002 - 24 September 2004
    08LCDR Derek Andrew Trinque, USN - USNA Class of 1992
    Awarded three Legions of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals and the Combat Action Ribbon - RADM (LH) Currently serving (2022) as Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Seven; Commander, Task Force 76; and Commander, Amphibious Force, Seventh Fleet, Yokosuka, Japan
    24 September 2004 - 23 February 2005 (Crews Valor and Excel)
    09LCDR Keith Allen Knutsen, USN23 February 2005 - 15 June 2006
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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