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Robin (MHC-54)

Call sign:
November - Romeo - Bravo - November

Osprey Class Coastal Minehunter:

  • The third Robin was laid down 1 June 1992 at Avondale Industries Inc., Gulfport, MS
  • Launched 11 September 1993
  • Commissioned 11 May 1996
  • Decommissioned 15 June 2006, struck from the Navy Register and laid up in the Beaumont Reserve Fleet, 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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    Robin (MHC 54)
    Robin 66k Namesake: Robin - A North American thrush with a red breast Tommy Trampp
    Top row, left to right: Mr. Kenneth B. Dupont, Vice President-Subsidiaries, Avondale Industries, Inc.; Mr. Albert L. Bossier, Jr., Chairman, President and CEO, Avondale Industries, Inc.; CAPT Jeffery M. Perin, USN Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversions and Repair, New Orleans; LCDR Judy A. Lamb, CHC, USN; VADM Robert K. U. Kihune, USN, Chief of Naval Education and Training; RADM Richard D. Williams, III, USN, Program Executive Officer for Mine Warfare, Naval Sea Systems Command; Mr. John Takaki, husband of Mrs.
    Lisa Takaki.
    Bottom row, left to right: Miss Amanda Waltman, Flower Girl; Mrs. Hope P. Kihune, Ships Sponsor; Mrs. Lisa Takaki, daughter of Ships Sponsor and the Matron of Honor
    Tommy Trampp
    Robin 302k 11 September 1993
    Gulfport, MS
    Mrs. Robert K. Kihune, ships sponsor, christening Robin
    S. Dale Hargrave
    Robin 302k 11 September 1993
    Gulfport, MS
    Afloat, following launching
    USS Robin (MHC 54)
    Robin 72k
    Robin 36k Underway in the Gulf of Mexico HMC(SW) Charles T. Canterbury
    MHC Crew Gallant
    USS Robin (MHC 54)
    Robin 130k 7 April 1998
    Ingleside, TX
    Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Jay L. Johnson, and the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, MMCM(SS/SW/AW) Jim Herdt, are briefed on the controls and monitoring systems in the central control station on board Robin during the CNO's visit to Naval Station, Ingleside, Tex.
    U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class Denny Boyles
    Bill Gonyo
    Robin 371k 8 August 1998
    Annapolis, MD
    Moored starboard bow view of Robin visiting the U.S. Naval Academy
    U.S. Navy photo 980808-N-4912M-001 by Don S. Montgomery, USN (Ret)
    Robert M. Cieri
    Robin 415k 8 August 1998
    Annapolis, MD
    Starboard quarter view of Robin. Forward is the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Defender (MCM 2). Both ships are visiting the U.S. Naval Academy
    U.S. Navy photo 980808-N-4912M-002 by Don S. Montgomery, USN (Ret)
    Robin 720k 8 August 1998
    Annapolis, MD
    A bow on view of Robin, taken from the foc'sle of the Defender. The ships are visiting the U.S. Naval Academy
    U.S. Navy photo 980808-N-4912M-003 by Don S. Montgomery, USN (Ret)
    Robin 600k 8 August 1998
    Annapolis, MD
    View from the foc'sle of the bridge of Robin, visiting the U.S. Naval Academy
    U.S. Navy photo 980808-N-4912M-005 by Don S. Montgomery, USN (Ret)
    Robin 67k c. 2000
    Outbound from NAVSTA Ingleside at Port Aransas, TX
    Tom Langford
    Robin 80k
    Robin 168k c. November 2005
    Panama City, FL
    Photo taken from USS Warrior (MCM 10)
    DC2(SS) David Johnston, USNR
    MCM Crew Implicit
    USS Warrior MCM-10
    Robin 159k

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Mark Joseph Murphy, USN11 May 1996 - 22 August 1997
    02LCDR Roman Daniel Bowles, USN22 August 1997 - 5 March 1999
    03LCDR Matthew Spencer Beaver, USN5 March 1999 - 20 October 2000
    04LCDR Mark Richard Laxen, USN20 October 2000 - 6 July 2002
    05LCDR Edward A. Bradfield, USNR (TAR)6 July 2002 - 9 July 2004
    06LCDR Leon Roman Jablow, IV, USN9 July 2004 - 20 January 2005
    07LCDR Rome Ruiz, USN20 January 2005 - 21 January 2006
    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
    21 January 2006 - 2 February 2006 (Crews Valor and Excel)
    09LCDR Keith Allen Knutsen, USN2 February 2006 - 15 June 2006
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, HMCS(FMF/SW) Charles T. "Tom" Canterbury and Joe Radigan

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