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Taurus (PHM-3)



Call sign:
November - Hotel - Charlie - November

Pegasus Class Patrol Combatant-Missile (Hydrofoil):

  • Laid down 30 January 1979 by Boeing Marine Systems, Seattle, Washington
  • Launched, 8 May 1981
  • Commissioned 10 October 1981
  • Decommissioned 30 July 1993 and struck from the Naval Register
  • Sold for scrap 19 August 1996 by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 178 t.(lt), 248 t.(fl)
  • Length 133'
  • Beam 29'
  • Speed 12 kts. Hullborne, 48 kts. Foilborne
  • Complement 21
  • Armament: One 76 mm gun mount and eight Harpoon missiles
  • Propulsion: Two 1,600bhp Mercedes-Benz diesel engines (Hullborne) and one 18,000shp General Electric LM2500 gas turbine (Foilborne).
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    Taurus 303k 10 October 1981
    Bremerton, WA
    The insignia for Patrol Combatant Missile Hydrofoil Squadron TWO on the Taurus.
    U.S. Navy photo DN-ST-86-01869 by PH1 Terry C. Mitchell
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    Robert M. Cieri
    Taurus 299k 10 October 1981
    Bremerton, WA
    Crewmembers board the Taurus "to bring the ship to life" during the commissioning ceremony at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
    U.S. Navy photo DN-ST-86-01879 by PH1 Terry C. Mitchell
    Taurus 267k 10 October 1981
    Bremerton, WA
    Crewmembers of the Taurus man the rail during the commissioning ceremony at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
    U.S. Navy photo DN-ST-86-01880 by PH1 Terry C. Mitchell.
    Taurus 331k 10 October 1981
    Bremerton, WA
    A starboard quarter view of the of the Taurus man the rail during the commissioning ceremony at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
    U.S. Navy photo DN-ST-86-01882 by PH1 Terry C. Mitchell.
    Taurus 300k 10 October 1981
    Bremerton, WA
    A stern view showing the aft hydrofoil of the Taurus man the rail during the commissioning ceremony at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
    U.S. Navy photo DN-ST-86-01883 by PH1 Terry C. Mitchell.
    Taurus 499k 10 October 1981
    Bremerton, WA
    A crewmember aboard the Taurus hoists the commissioning pennant for the hydrofoil patrol craft, at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
    U.S. Navy photo DN-ST-86-018835 by PH1 Terry C. Mitchell.
    Taurus 341k 10 October 1981
    Bremerton, WA
    A plaque affixed to the mast of the Taurus commemorates the placing of a silver coin under the mast during construction of the ship.
    U.S. Navy photo DN-ST-86-018836 by PH1 Terry C. Mitchell
    Taurus 214k 10 October 1981
    Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA
    Rear Admiral James D. Williams, Commander, Naval Base Seattle, delivers his address as the keynote speaker during the commissioning for the hydrofoil Taurus. Seated behind Williams are: Captain Oliver H. Wetzel, Chaplain Corps (left), and Commander L. M. Hardt, Commander, Patrol Combatant Missile Hydrofoil Squadron TWO
    Defense Link photo DN-ST-86-01873
    Robert Hurst
    Hercules/Taurus 205k Hercules (PHM 2) and Taurus "flying" on their foils
    U.S. Navy photo
    R. L. Wilbur
    Taurus 64k . Robert Hurst
    Taurus 118k . Wakipedia Website
    Taurus 146k . .
    Taurus 169k Photo from National Museum of the U.S. Navy Michael Mohl
    Taurus 184k
    Taurus 384k c. 1982
    Coming alongside Frederick (LST 1184) to refuel
    U.S. Navy photo by James Wallace
    Cort Jackson
    Taurus 163k c. 1982
    Alongside Frederick (LST 1184)
    U.S. Navy photo from the February 1983 edition of All Hands magazine
    Joe Radigan
    Taurus 269k c. September 1982
    The forward hydrofoil of Taurus and a stern view of USS Aquila (PHM-4) at Pier 1, Trumbo Point, Key West, FL
    Photo by Raymond L. Blazevic
    Courtesy of Florida Keys Public Libraries
    Robert Hurst
    Taurus 295k 1 November 1989
    A sailor aboard the patrol combatant missile hydrofoil Taurus stands beside an M60 machine gun as he keeps an eye on a small craft that was stopped after being spotted unusually far from shore. The Taurus and the other hydrofoils of PHM Squadron TWO patrolled the waters around Florida as part of the nation's drug interdiction program
    Defense Visual Information Center photo SDAN-DN-SC-90-09325 by PH2(AC) Maek S. Kettenhoffen
    Robert Hurst
    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
    Michael Mohl
    Taurus 297k c. 1990
    U.S. Navy photo DN-ST-90-09067 from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Taurus 147k U.S. Navy photo by PH1(AC) Scott M. Allen from the June 1990 edition of All Hands magazine Joe Radigan
    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), USS Hercules (PHM 2), Taurus, 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), USS Hercules (PHM-2), Taurus, 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

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Walter Scott Slocum, USN10 October 1981 - 15 July 1983
    02CDR Richard Stewart Moore, Jr., USN15 July 1983 - 12 July 1985
    03LCDR Vincent Peter Mocini, USN12 July 1985 - 17 May 1987
    04LCDR Andrew Joseph Pitts, USN17 May 1987 - 2 July 1989
    05LCDR Philip Hilliar Greene, Jr., USN - U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Class of 1978
    Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, two Defense Superior Service Medals, four Legions of Merit and the
    Bronze Star
    Retired as Rear Admiral - Superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (2010)
    2 July 1989 - 25 June 1991
    06LCDR Larry W. Dodson, USN25 June 1991 - 15 April 1993
    07LCDR Stephen F. Allor, USN15 April 1993 - 30 July 1993
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Gene Maresca

    There is no DANFS history available for Taurus (PHM-3)
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    International Hydrofoil Society
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
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