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Shrike (MHC-62)

Osprey Class Coastal Minehunter:

  • Laid down 12 September 1995 by Intermarine USA, Savannah, GA
  • Launched 24 May 1997
  • Delivered 11 January 1999
  • Commissioned 31 May 1999 at Baton Rouge, LA
  • Decommissioned 1 December 2007 at Naval Station Ingleside, TX and struck from the Navy register
  • Towed to Beaumont, TX 10 December 2007 and 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 5 officers, 48 enlisted
  • Armament: Two .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two Isotta Fraschini ID36 SS8V-AM diesel engines, two Voith Schneider vertical axis, cycloidal, controllable pitch propellers
  • Machinery: 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
  • Electronics: 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 mine hunting sonar.

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    Size Image Description Source
    Shrike 50k 31 May 1999
    Cover of Commissioning Day program
    RADM William W. Mathis, USN, Ret.
    Shrike 65k 31 May 1999
    Commissioning Crew
    USS Shrike (MHC-62) Website
    Shrike 90k
    Shrike 106k - USS Shrike Website
    Shrike 102k Savannah, GA
    Shrike 72k 14 February 2002
    The coastal minehunter Shrike returns to its homeport at the Naval Station, Ingleside, Tex., after a two-month deployment. Shrike, along with elements of Mine Warfare Readiness Group Four, participated in a number of exercises, including Joint Task Force Exercise 02-1 with the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy
    (CV 67)
    , its battle group, and the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) and her Amphibious Ready Group
    U.S. Navy photo 020214-N-5745B-00131 by Lieutenant Marc Boyd
    Bill Gonyo
    Shrike 105k 5 June 2002
    Naval Station Ingleside, Tex.
    Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England is greeted by Information Systems Technician 1st Class (Surface Warfare) Hugh Beresford, of Kent, Wash., on the quarterdeck of Shrike. Petty Officer Beresford said the greeting was unique since his father, who retired from the Navy, had a chance to meet former Secretary of the Navy Paul Nitze in 1967. Petty Officer Beresford received a commemorative coin and took several photos with the SECNAV during the brief visit
    U.S. Navy photo 020605-N-5745B-003 by Lt. Marc Boyd
    Shrike 100k c. May 2007
    Naval Support Activity Panama City, FL
    HMC(SW) Charles T. "Tom" Canterbury, IDC MHC Crew Gallant/USS Shrike (MHC 62)

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Henry Daniel Derbes, II, USN - USNA Class of 198531 May 1999 - 25 September 2000
    02LCDR Rinda Kay Ranch, USN25 September 2000 - 19 June 2002
    03LCDR Barry Bakos, USN19 June 2002 - 6 August 2004
    04LCDR Brian Paul Dulla, USN6 August 2004 - 15 February 2005
    05LCDR 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
    15 February 2005 - March 2006 (Crews Valor and Excel)
    06LCDR Mark Douglas Kesselring, USNMarch 2006 - May 2006
    07LCDR Antonio D. Hull, USNMay 2006 - 10 July 2006
    08LCDR James LeRoy Storm, USN - Awarded two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, five Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and two Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals10 July 2006 - 2006
    09LCDR Rome Ruiz, USN2006 - 1 December 2007
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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