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Aquila (PHM-4)



Call sign:
November - Victor - Mike - Zulu

Pegasus PHM-1 Class Patrol Combatant-Missile (Hydrofoil):

  • Laid down 10 July 1979 by Boeing Marine Systems, Seattle, Washington
  • Launched 16 September 1981
  • Commissioned 26 June 1982
  • Decommissioned 30 July 1993
  • Struck from the Naval Register 30 July 1993
  • Sold for scrap 19 August 1996 by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 178 t.(lt), 255 t.(fl)
  • Length 133'
  • Beam 28'
  • Speed 12 kts. (Hullborne), 48 kts. (foilborne)
  • Complement 21
  • Armament: One 76mm Mk 75 gun mount and eight Harpoon missiles
  • Propulsion: Two 1,600bhp Mercedes-Benz diesel engines and one 18,000shp General Electric LM2500 gas turbine, two water jets.
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    Aquila 487k Replacement photo: U.S. Navy photo from National Museum of the U.S. Navy Original photo: International Hydrofoil Society website
    Replacement photo: Michael Mohl
    Aquila 132k . Robert Hurst
    Aquila 333k Aquila on a high speed run, her forward foil visible under the bow. Note she only has two of her eight Harpoon canisters, but her chaff rocket launcher is on board, barely visible at the edge of the deckhouse, nearly abeam the lattice mast. The small horizontal waveguide forward of and below the egg-shaped radome housing Aquila's Mark 92 fire control and search radar is an SPS-63 navigational radar
    Photo courtesy of Boeing Marine Systems from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History, by Norman Friedman
    Aquila 335k Photo from National Museum of the U.S. Navy Michael Mohl
    Aquila 433k Underway with the Boeing jetfoil Bima Samudera 1 built as a fast troop carrier for the Indonesian navy, in Puget Sound
    Photo courtesy of Boeing Marine Systems from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History, by Norman Friedman
    Robert Hurst
    Aquila 76k Moored at NAS Key West, FL, 11 August 1982 after her 5,000 mile voyage from Puget Sound, WA. Astern is Taurus (PHM 3)
    U.S. Navy photo NH 96630 from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Original photo: Phyllis Moorhead
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    Taurus 269k c. September 1982
    The forward hydrofoil of Taurus (PHM 3) and a stern view of Aquila at Pier 1, Trumbo Point, Key West, FL
    Photo by Raymond L. Blazevic
    Courtesy of Florida Keys Public Libraries
    Robert Hurst
    Aquila 308k 1 September 1982
    A view of the Aquila equipped with eight harpoon surface-to-surface cruise missiles. She is shown on a foilborne high speed run of approximately 40-knots.
    U.S. Navy photos DN-ST-82-10870 and DN-ST-82-10871
    Robert M. Cieri
    Aquila 331k
    Aquila 184k U.S. Navy photo from the February 1983 edition of All Hands magazine Joe Radigan
    Aquila 121k 1 June 1984
    The patrol combatant missile hydrofoil Aquila lies tied up at a wharf during Exercise UNITAS XXV. The USCGC Courageous (WMEC 622) is in the background
    Defense Visual Information photo DN-ST-90-01294 by JOCS Kirby Harrison
    Bill Gonyo
    Aquila 104k 1 June 1984
    Sailors man the rail in front of the 76 mm Mark 75 anti-aircraft gun on the patrol combatant missile hydrofoil Aquila.
    Defense Visual Information photo DN-ST-90-01295 by JOCS Kirby Harrison
    Aquila 248k Replacement photo: 4 September 1986
    U.S. Navy photo from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Original photo: Robert Hurst
    Replacement photo: Michael Mohl
    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), USS Taurus (PHM 3), Aquila, USS Aries (PHM-5) and USS Gemini (PHM-6)
    U.S. Navy photo DN-ST-93-05725 by PH2 Douglas F. Mooney
    Robert Hurst
    Aquila 883k 13 June 1993
    U.S. Navy photo DN-ST-93-05726 from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Michael Mohl
    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), USS Taurus (PHM-3), Aquila, 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

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR David Michael Lee, USN26 June 1982 - 28 July 1984
    02CDR Thomas F. Hatrick, USN28 July 1984 - 25 October 1986
    03LCDR Marvin E. Butcher, Jr., USN25 October 1986 - 3 December 1988
    04LCDR John W. Mickelson, USN3 December 1988 - 15 December 1990
    05LCDR William Edward Landlay, III, USN - Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and Legion of Merit
    Vice Admiral, Director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency
    15 December 1990 - 9 October 1992
    06LCDR Jeffrey Eugene Kline, USN15 December 1992 - 30 July 1993
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    International Hydrofoil Society
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
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