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Hercules (PHM 2)



Call sign:
November - Juliet - Quebec - Juliet

Pegasus Class Patrol Combatant Missile (Hydrofoil):

  • The sixth Hercules was laid down 12 September 1980 by Boeing Marine Systems, Seattle, Washington
  • Launched 13 April 1982
  • Commissioned 18 December 1982
  • Decommissioned 30 July 1993 and struck from the Naval Register
  • Sold for scrap 19 August 1996 by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 178 t.(lt), 248 t.(fl)
  • Length 133'
  • Beam 29'
  • Speed 51 kts.
  • Complement 24
  • Armament: One 76mm gun mount and eight Harpoon missiles
  • Propulsion: Two 1,600bhp Mercedes-Benz marine diesels (Hullborne), and one 18,000shp General Electric LM2500 gas turbine (Foilborne), two water jets.
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    Hercules (PHM 2)
    Hercules 258k 13 April 1982
    Launching ceremony on Lake Washington at Boeing's Renton facility
    National Archives photo DN-SN-82-07121
    Tracy White
    Hercules 263k C. September 1983
    The newly completed Hercules turns at speed. Her Harpoon missile canisters have not yet been fitted, but she has her 3" gun and her triple chaff launcher just abaft the base of the fire-control radar; the launcher is controlled by an SLR-20 ESM system. Note the frames of the Harpoon canisters. The circular housing of an athwart ships propeller for low-speed manoeuvring can be
    seen forward.

    Photo from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History, by Norman Friedman
    Robert Hurst
    USS Hercules (PHM 2)
    Hercules 108k Defense Visual Information photo DN-SC-87-08273 Defense Visual Information Center
    Hercules/Taurus 205k Hercules and Taurus (PHM 3) "flying" on their foils.
    U.S. Navy photo
    R. L. Wilbur
    Gemini 166k Racine (LST 1191), Gemini (PHM 6) and Hercules at Acapulco, Mexico
    U.S. Navy photo from the October 1983 edition of All Hands magazine.
    Joe Radigan
    Hercules 127k Racine (LST 1191), Gemini (PHM 6) and Hercules at Key West, FL
    U.S. Navy photo from the October 1983 edition of All Hands magazine.
    Hercules 122k U.S. Navy photo by PH1 Harold J. Gerwien from the March 1984 edition of All Hands magazine.
    Hercules 149k 15 June 1984
    The patrol combatant missile hydrofoils Hercules, front, and USS Aries (PHM 5) lie tied up during the first phase of UNITAS XXV, the silver anniversary hemispheric naval exercise involving Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, the United States.
    Defense Visual Information photo DN-ST-90-01292 by JOCS Kirby Harrison
    Bill Gonyo
    Hercules 155k 16 June 1984
    Key West, FL
    The patrol combatant missile hydrofoils Hercules, underway during the first phase of UNITAS XXV, the silver anniversary hemispheric naval exercise involving Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, the United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.
    Defense Visual Information photo DN-ST-90-01298 by JOCS Kirby Harrison
    Hercules 239k 21 June 1987
    Off Key West, FL
    A port bow view of the patrol combatant-missile (hydrofoil) Hercules underway alongside the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) during an
    underway replenishment.
    Defense Visual Information photo DN-SC-87-08236 by CWO Wilkerson
    Hercules 555k c. November 1989
    Gulf of Mexico
    U.S. Navy photo DN-SC-90-09340 by PH2 (AC) Mark Kettenhofen, USN from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Michael Mohl
    Hercules 344k c. 1990
    Hercules and USS Taurus (PHM 3) maneuver off of Key West, Florida
    U.S.Navy photo DN-ST-90-09381 from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    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 USS Pegasus (PHM 1), Hercules, 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
    Robert Hurst
    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 USS Pegaus PHM 1), Hercules, 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
    Hercules 153k 13 June 1993
    En route to Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia for decommissioning
    U.S. Navy photo DN-SC-93-05728 from National Museum of the U.S. Navy

    Commanding Officers
    PCULCDR William John Erickson, USNSeptember 1974 - March 1975
    01LCDR Thomas C. Corcoran, USN15 January 1983 - 12 January 1985
    02LCDR Jeffery A. Hutchison, USN12 January 1985 - 31 January 1987
    03LCDR Larry Richard Simmons, USN31 January 1987 - 15 April 1989
    04LCDR Robert Saunders Warner, USN15 April 1989 - 21 June 1991
    05LCDR John William Peterson, USN21 June 1991 - 10 March 1993
    06LCDR Patrick Eugene Allen, USN10 March 1993 - 30 July 1993
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    There is no DANFS history available for Hercules (PHM-2)
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    International Hydrofoil Society
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
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