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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.

    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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    Aries (PHM 5)
    Aries 51k At launching International Hydrofoil Society
    USS Aries (PHM 5)
    Aires 55k U.S. Navy photo Robert Hurst
    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
    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
    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
    Bill Gonyo
    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
    Aries
    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 W. Kieth, USN5 October 1984 - 29 November 1986
    03LCDR Jacob Lawrence Shuford, USN - Awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, five Legions of Merit and the Bronze Star
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    29 November 1986 - 12 January 1989
    04LCDR Leendert R. Hering, Sr., USN - Awarded two Legions of Merit
    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 and Ron Reeves

    View the Aries (PHM-5)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
    International Hydrofoil Society
    USS Aries PHM-5 Hydrofoil Memorial, Inc.
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