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Cormorant (MHC 57)

Call sign:
November - Mike - Alpha - Charlie

Osprey Class Coastal Mine Hunter:

  • Laid down 4 October 1993 by Avondale Shipyards, Gulfport, MS
  • Launched 21 October 1995
  • Commissioned 12 April 1997
  • Decommissioned 1 December 2007 at Naval Station Ingleside, TX and struck from the Navy register
  • Towed to Beaumont, TX 17 December 2007 to be laid up for possible future use in the Foreign Military Sales program
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 895 Metric Tons
  • Length 188'
  • Beam 36'
  • Draft (Navigation) 9' 2"
  • Draft (Keel) 7'
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 53
  • Armament: Two .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two Isotta Fraschini ID36 SS8V-AM diesel engines, two Voith Schneider vertical axis, cycloidal, controllable pitch propellers
  • 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, Plotting table; 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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    Size Image Description Source
    Cormorant (MHC 57)
    Cormorant 139k c. November/December 1996
    Gulf of Mexico
    Builders trials
    USS Cormorant (MHC 57)
    Cormorant 85k c. October 2005
    En route to Panama City, FL
    DC2(SS) David Johnston, USNR
    MCM Crew Implicit
    USS Warrior MCM-10
    Avenger 90k c. November 2005
    Panama City, FL
    Avenger (MCM 1) getting underway on the left

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Ronald Walter Kennedy, USN12 April 1997 - 22 May 1998
    02LCDR Scott C. Stuart, USN22 May 1998 - 3 February 2000
    03LCDR Steven Andrew Mucklow, USN3 February 2000 - 21 September 2001
    04LCDR Glenn Robert Allen, USN - USNA Class of 198821 September 2001 - 13 June 2003
    05LCDR William Robert Grotewold, USN - Awarded the Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, six Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and three Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals13 June 2003 - 17 May 2005
    06LCDR Ronald William Toland, Jr., USN17 May 2005 - 21 July 2006
    07LCDR Robert S. Smith, USN21 July 2006 - 6 August 2007
    08LCDR Andrew Forrest Carlson, USN - USNA Class of 19956 August 2007 - 1 December 2007 (Crew Endurance)
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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