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Aries (PHM-5)

Call sign:
November - Quebec - Alpha - Sierra

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

  • Laid down 7 January 1980 at Boeing Marine Systems, Seattle, Washington
  • Launched 5 November 1981
  • Commissioned 18 September 1982
  • 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 to Eliot James and B. J. Meinhardt
  • Undergoing restoration at Brunswick, MO.


  • 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 diesel engines (Hullborne), and one 18,000shp General Electric LM2500 gas turbine (Foilborne), two water jets.
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    Aries (PHM 5)
    Aries 78k

    Aries is one of the constellations of the zodiac. It is located in the Northern celestial hemisphere between Pisces to the west and Taurus to the east. The name Aries is Latin for ram, and its symbol represents a ram's horns. It is one of the 48 constellations described by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy, and remains one of the 88 modern constellations. It is a mid-sized constellation, ranking 39th overall size, with an area of 441 square degrees (1.1% of the celestial sphere)

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 23 October 2021
    Aries 51k At launching International Hydrofoil Society
    USS Aries (PHM 5)
    Aires 403k Original photo: U.S. Navy photo
    Replacement photo: From National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Original photo: Robert Hurst
    Replacement photo: Michael Mohl
    Aires 289k Photo from National Museum of the U.S. Navy Michael Mohl
    Aries 132k U.S. Navy photo from the February 1983 edition of All Hands magazine Joe Radigan
    Pegasus 339k 1 May 1984
    USS Pegasus (PHM 1), in the foreground and the Aries, 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, USN
    Robert M. Cieri
    Aires 207k 14 June 1984
    NAS Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico
    A ceremony takes place to mark the beginning of Operation UNITAS XXV, a four and one-half month long exercise involving participants from the United States and South America. Visible in the background is the patrol combatant missile (hydrofoil) Aries.
    Defense Visual Information photo DN-ST-85-08181 by JOCS Kirby Harrison, USN
    Bill Gonyo
    Hercules 149k 15 June 1984
    The patrol combatant missile hydrofoils USS Hercules (PHM 2), front, and Aries lie tied up during the first phase of UNITAS XXV, the silver anniversary hemispheric naval exercise involving Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and the United States.
    Defense Visual Information photo DN-ST-90-01292 by JOCS Kirby Harrison, USN
    Aires 403k c. 1985
    Making a foil-borne, high speed turn during Operation UNITAS XXVI
    U.S. Navy photo DN-ST-85-08191 from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Michael Mohl
    Aires 348k c. April 1993
    Moored to a pier at Naval Air Station, Key West, Florida
    U.S. Navy photo DN-SC-93-03753 OS2 John Bouvia, USN 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), USS Hercules (PHM 2), USS Taurus (PHM 3), USS Aquila (PHM 4), Aries 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 Pegasus (PHM 1), USS Hercules (PHM-2), USS Taurus (PHM-3), USS Aquila (PHM-4), Aries and USS Gemini (PHM-6)
    U.S. Navy photo DN-SC-93-05730 from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Michael Mohl
    Aires 321k 26 May 2014
    Grand River, Brunswick, MO
    Theodore Leverett
    Aires 346k
    Aires 277k

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Carl Eugene Weiscopf, USN18 September 1982 - 5 October 1984
    02LCDR Douglas Wayne Keith, USN5 October 1984 - 29 November 1986
    03LCDR Jacob Lawrence Shuford, USN - Awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, five Legions of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals and the Navy Achievement Medal
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    29 November 1986 - 12 January 1989
    04LCDR Leendert R. Hering, Sr., USN - State University of New York Maritime College Class of 1977
    Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and four Meritorious Service Medals - Retired as Rear Admiral
    12 January 1989 - January 1991
    05LCDR Roger J. Higgins, USNJanuary 1991 - 25 May 1991
    06LCDR Christopher Thayer Nichols, USN25 May 1991 - 15 January 1993
    07LCDR John Wallace Riley, III, USN15 January 1993 - 30 July 1993
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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    Additional Resources and Websites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
    USS Aries PHM-5 Hydrofoil Memorial, Inc.
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