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|Taurus (PHM 3)|
Taurus (Latin for "the Bull") is one of the constellations of the zodiac and is located in the northern celestial hemisphere. Taurus is a large and prominent constellation in the Northern Hemisphere's winter sky. It is one of the oldest constellations, dating back to the Early Bronze Age at least, when it marked the location of the Sun during the spring equinox. Its importance to the agricultural calendar influenced various bull figures in the mythologies of Ancient Sumer, Akkad, Assyria, Babylon, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. The symbol representing Taurus is Taurus.svg, which resembles a bull's head
|154k||8 May 1981
National Archives photos 428-GX-K-131000, 428-GX-K-131002, 428-GX-K-131010, 428-GX-K-131014, 428-GX-K-131029 and 428-GX-K-131031
|USS Taurus (PHM 3)|
|303k||10 October 1981
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.
|Robert M. Cieri|
|299k||10 October 1981
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
|267k||10 October 1981
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.
|331k||10 October 1981
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.
|300k||10 October 1981
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.
|499k||10 October 1981
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.
|341k||10 October 1981
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
|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
|205k||Hercules (PHM 2) and Taurus "flying" on their foils
U.S. Navy photo
|R. L. Wilbur|
|169k||Photo from National Museum of the U.S. Navy||Michael Mohl|
Coming alongside Frederick (LST 1184) to refuel
U.S. Navy photo by James Wallace
Alongside Frederick (LST 1184)
U.S. Navy photo from the February 1983 edition of All Hands magazine
|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
|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) Mark S. Kettenhoffen
|236k||1 November 1989
Key West, FL
Patrol combatant missile hydrofoils USS Aquila (PHM 4), front, and USS Gemini (PHM 6), center, lie tied up in port with a third PHM (Probably Taurus). The Coast Guard surface effect ship USCGC Shearwater (WSES 3) is in the background
Photo by PH2 (AC) Mark S. Kettenhofen
Naval History and Heritage Command photo DN-SC-90-09333/National Archives Identifier (NAID) 6451967
Photo added 26 February 2022
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
U.S. Navy photo DN-ST-90-09067 from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
|147k||U.S. Navy photo by PH1(AC) Scott M. Allen from the June 1990 edition of All Hands magazine||Joe Radigan|
|223k||c. April 1993
Key West, FL
A port bow view of the patrol combatant missile hydrofoils Taurus, USS Gemini (PHM 6) and USS Aquila (PHM 4)
Photo by OS2 John Bouvia
Naval History and Heritage Command photo DN-SC-93-03750/National Museum of the U.S. Navy
Photo added 26 February 2022
|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
|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 Pegasus (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
|01||LCDR Walter Scott Slocum, USN||10 October 1981 - 15 July 1983|
|02||CDR Richard Stewart Moore, Jr., USN||15 July 1983 - 12 July 1985|
|03||LCDR Vincent Peter Mocini, USN||12 July 1985 - 17 May 1987|
|04||LCDR Andrew Joseph Pitts, USN||17 May 1987 - 2 July 1989|
|05||LCDR 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 Legion of Merits and the Bronze Star - Retired as Rear Admiral
Superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (2010)
|2 July 1989 - 25 June 1991|
|06||LCDR Larry W. Dodson, USN||25 June 1991 - 15 April 1993|
|07||LCDR Stephen F. Allor, USN||15 April 1993 - 30 July 1993|
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