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Center patch courtesy of Mike Smolinski, right bronze plaque courtesy of Tommy Trampp

Heron (MHC 52)

Heron call sign:
November - Tango - Hotel - Foxtrot

Heron served the Navies of the United States and Greece

Kalipso call sign:
Sierra - Zulu - Zulu - Charlie

Osprey Class Coastal Minehunter:

  • The third Heron was laid down 11 October 1989
  • Launched 21 March 1992
  • Commissioned USS Heron (MHC 52), 6 August 1994
  • Decommissioned 16 March 2007 at Naval Station Ingleside, TX, transferred to Greece and renamed HS Kalipso (M 64)
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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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    USS Heron (MHC 52)
    Heron 71k

    Heron - A long-necked, long-legged wading shore bird indigenous to Louisiana and the vast coastal marshlands

    Tommy Trampp
    Heron 117k
    Heron 98k
    Heron 25k U.S. Navy photo USS Heron Website
    Heron 119k U.S. Navy photo from Commander, Mine Warfare Command Fabio Peņa
    Heron 79k Robert Hurst
    Heron 303k Photo from Naval History and Heritage Command, Catalog No. L45-124.01.01 Mike Green
    HS Kalipso (M 64)
    Heron 223k 19 April 2010
    Off Cartagena, Spain
    Photo courtesy of Diego Quevedo Carmona
    Robert Hurst
    Heron 168k 6 January 2012
    Piraeus, Greece
    George Haralampudes
    Heron 157k
    Heron 182k

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Daniel I. Gallagher, USN6 August 1994 - 7 April 1996
    02LCDR Robert Douglas Fink, USN7 April 1996 - 23 January 1998
    03CDR Peter Lyle Stitt, USN23 January 1998 - 27 August 1999
    04LCDR Anthony Lloyd Krueger, USN - USNA Class of 198527 August 1999 - 19 January 2001
    05LCDR Mark Alan Becker, USN19 January 2001 - 27 September 2002
    06LCDR Robert M. Gordon, USN27 September 2002 - 16 July 2004
    07LCDR James Robert Midkiff, USN - USNA Class of 1990
    Awarded two Legion of Merits, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, four Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals and two Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals
    16 July 2004 - 15 August 2004
    08LCDR Thomas Patrick Hollingshead, USN15 August 2004 - 1 November 2004
    09LCDR Eric Crawfors Cash, USN1 November 2004 - 15 March 2006
    10LCDR Andrew Forrest Carlson, USN - USNA Class of 199515 March 2006 - 10 January 2007 (Crew Endurance)
    11LCDR Shanti Rae Sethi, USN10 January 2007 - 16 March 2007
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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