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Pegasus (PHM-1)



Call sign:
November - Whiskey - Golf - Tango

Pegasus Class Patrol Combatant-Missile (Hydrofoil):

  • The second Pegasus was laid down 10 May 1973 at Boeing Marine Systems, Seattle, Washington
  • Launched 9 November 1974
  • Commissioned 9 July 1977
  • Decommissioned 30 July 1993
  • Struck from the Naval Register 30 July 1993
  • Sold for scrap 19 August 1996 by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 178 t.(lt), 248 t.(fl)
  • Length 131.2'
  • Beam 28.2'
  • Draft 6.2' (hullborne, foils retracted), 23.2' (hullborne, foils extended), 8.8' Foilborne (nominal)
  • Speed 11 kts. (hullborne), 40+ kts. (foilborne)
  • Complement 21
  • Armament: One Melera Mk 75, 76mm gun mount and eight Harpoon missiles
  • Propulsion: Foilborne one 18,000shp General Electric LM-2500 gas turbine engine with waterjet propulsor, Hullborne two 1,600bhp Mercedes-Benz diesel engines with water jets.
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    Pegasus
    Pegasus 136k U.S. Navy photo from the March 1975 edition of All Hands magazine Joe Radigan
    Pegasus 123k
    Pegasus 186k Inboard profile by Norman Friedman from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History, by Norman Friedman Robert Hurst
    Pegasus 254k 9 November 1974
    Boeing Marine Systems, Seattle, WA
    Prior to her launch
    Photo from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History, by Norman Friedman
    USS Pegasus (PHM 1)
    Pegasus 169k U.S. Navy photo from the NAVSEA Journal Bob Bush
    Pegasus 69k U.S. Navy photo International Hydrofoil Society web site
    Pegasus 83k Test run off San Diego, CA Robert Hurst
    Pegasus 106k Harpoon missile launch
    Pegasus 331k U.S. Navy photo
    Pegasus 62k . Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Pegasus 264k Photo from National Museum of the U.S. Navy Michael Mohl
    Pegasus 420k
    Pegasus 176k Tommy Trampp
    Pegasus 247k Photo from the Key West Art and Historical Society Collection. Courtesy of Florida Keys Public Libraries Robert Hurst
    Pegasus 125k Test run off San Diego, CA. The foils can clearly be seen beneath the surface of the water
    U.S. Navy photo
    Pegasus 1,112k In company with a Sikorsky SH-3G Sea King and a McDonnell Douglas TA-J Skyhawk of Composite Squadron ONE, off Hawaii
    U.S. Navy photo
    Pegasus 75k c. 1975
    Visiting San Francisco, CA
    U.S. Navy photo
    Pegasus 78k U.S. Navy photo from the September 1975 edition of All Hands magazine Joe Radigan
    Pegasus 72k Original photo: U.S. Navy photo from the July 1976 edition of All Hands magazine
    Replacement photo: From NAVSEA Journal
    Original photo: Joe Radigan
    Replacement photo: Bob Bush
    Pegasus 162k c. Summer 1978
    Visiting San Francisco, CA
    Alcatraz Island is in the background
    Robert M. Cieri
    Pegasus 177k c. Summer 1978
    Visiting San Francisco, CA
    Pegasus 153k c. 1978
    San Diego, CA
    Richard Stiles
    Pegasus 240k c. 1980s
    Tied up at Trumbo Point, Key West, FL
    Photo by Raymond L. Blazevic
    Photo from the Key West Art and Historical Society Collection. Courtesy of Florida Keys Public Libraries
    Robert Hurst
    Pegasus 194k c. 1980
    At Trumbo Pier D-1, Key West, FL
    U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Florida Keys Public Libraries
    Pegasus 457k 1 January 1984
    A starboard bow view of Pegasus as she engages in high speed foilborne maneuvering
    U. S. Navy photo DN-ST-86-02402 by PHAA David Carerras
    Robert M. Cieri
    Pegasus 339k 1 May 1984
    Pegasus, in the foreground and the USS Aries (PHM 5), are shown underway hullborne, with the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 46) in the background.
    U. S. Navy photo DN-SC-86-04785 by PHAA Alan Elliott
    Pegasus 226k c. February 1988
    Tied up at Trumbo Point, Key West, FL
    Photo by Raymond L. Blazevic
    Photo from the Key West Art and Historical Society Collection. Courtesy of Florida Keys Public Libraries
    Robert Hurst
    Pegasus 189k c. 1990
    Tied up at Trumbo Annex of the Naval Air Station Key West, FL
    U.S. Navy photo courtesy of the Florida Keys Public Libraries
    Pegasus Class 334k 13 June 1993
    All six vessels of Patrol Combatant Missile Hydrofoil Squadron TWO travel in formation en route to Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA for decommissioning. The formation includes the Pegasus, USS Hercules (PHM-2), USS Taurus (PHM-3), USS Aquila (PHM-4), USS Aries (PHM-5) and USS Gemini (PHM-6)
    U.S. Navy photo DN-ST-93-05725 by PH2 Douglas F. Mooney
    Pegasus 398k 13 June 1993
    Vessels of Patrol Combatant Missile Hydrofoil Squadron 2 travel in formation en route to Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Va. for decommissioning. The hydrofoils include: the Pegaus, USS Hercules (PHM-2), USS Taurus (PHM-3), USS Aquila (PHM-4), USS Aries (PHM-5) and the USS Gemini (PHM-6)
    U.S. Navy photo DN-SC-93-05730 from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Michael Mohl
    Radio controlled model of Pegasus
    Pegasus 237k Radio controlled, 1/50 scale, operational model of Pegasus constructed by Yoichi Takahashi Yoichi Takahashi
    Kyoto, Japan
    Pegasus 205k Foil-borne radio controlled, 1/50 scale, operational model of Pegasus constructed by Yoichi Takahashi
    Pegasus 93k Rear view of radio controlled, 1/50 scale, operational model of Pegasus constructed by Yoichi Takahashi
    Pegasus 124k Radio controlled, 1/50 scale, operational model of Pegasus constructed by Yoichi Takahashi

    Commanding Officers
    PCULCDR Erich H. Ashburn, USN9 November 1974
    PCULCDR David Peter Yonkers, USN1977
    01LCDR William John Erickson, USN9 July 1977 - 31 July 1979
    02LCDR Charles Westervel Penque, Jr., USN31 July 1979 - 14 August 1979
    03LCDR Glenn Frederic Gottschalk, USN14 August 1979 - 14 December 1979
    04LCDR James Worthington Orvis, USN14 December 1979 - 21 June 1981
    05LCDR Thomas Herbert Berns, USN21 June 1981 - 5 July 1983
    06LCDR Drew Wentz Beasley, USN5 July 1983 - 21 October 1985
    07LCDR Robert Lewis Holt, USN21 October 1985 - 15 January 1988
    08LCDR Michael Charles Beck, USN15 January 1988 - 21 October 1989
    09LCDR Martin Alan Drake, USN21 October 1989 - 10 October 1991
    10LCDR William Frederick Laeson, USN10 October 1991 - 3 July 1993
    11LCDR Douglas E. LeMasters, USN3 July 1993 - 30 July 1993
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    There is no DANFS history available for Pegasus (PHM-1)
    "Information Pamphlet"
    USS Pegasus (PHM 1)
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    International Hydrofoil Society
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
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