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Oriole (MHC-55)

Call sign:
November - Romeo - Bravo - India

Oriole served the Navies of the United States and the Republic of China

Osprey Class Coastal Minehunter:

  • The fifth Oriole was laid down 3 August 1991
  • Launched 22 May 1993
  • Commissioned 16 September 1995
  • Decommissioned 30 June 2006, struck from the Navy register and laid up in the Beaumont Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX
  • Sold to the Republic of China 2 August 2012
  • Commissioned ROCS Yung Jin (MHC 1312), 10 August 2012
  • 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 Oriole (MHC 55)
    Oriole 142k U.S. Navy photo from Commander Mine Warfare Command Fabio Peņa
    Oriole 118k c. February 2003
    Off Corpus Christ, TX
    LCDR Rich Dodson, USN
    Commanding Officer, USS Oriole
    Oriole 79k
    Oriole 62k
    ROCS Yung Jin (MHC 1312)
    Falcon 184k 4 May 2013
    Zhongzheng Naval Base, Taiwan
    Yung Jin; Yung An (MHC 1311), ex-Falcon (MHC 59) and Wu Chang (PFG-1207)
    Photo from Wikimedia Commons
    Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Peter Francis Grause, USN16 September 1995 - 21 February 1997
    14LCDR Robert Scott Hospodar, USN21 February 1997 - 4 December 1998
    03LCDR Michael Anthony Strano, USN4 December 1998 - 23 June 2000
    04CDR Jonathan Christian, USN23 June 2000 - 8 February 2002
    05LCDR Richard Eaton Dodson, Jr., USN8 February 2002 - 29 January 2004
    06LCDR Glenn Robert Allen, USN29 January 2004 - 15 February 2004
    07LCDR Jeffrey R. Cronin, USN15 February 2004 - 31 August 2005
    08LCDR Robert Emmet Smith, Jr., USN31 August 2005 - 30 June 2006
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Bill Gonyo

    There is no DANFS History currently available for Oriole (MHC 55)
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen

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