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USS Pegasus (PHM 1)

- decommissioned -
- formerly DELPHINUS -

USS PEGASUS was the first PEGASUS class hydrofoil boat. Initially, it was planned to name the ship DELPHINUS but that brought about a slang nickname of "DullPenis" during some discussions and the CNO decided to name the ship PEGASUS. In fact, PHM 1 never officially carried the name DELPHINUS. Anyway, PEGASUS ended up with a nickname of "Pegasorous".

Homeported in Key West, Florida, all six ships of her class were decommissioned on July 30, 1993, and were stricken from the Navy list the same day. PEGASUS was sold for scrapping on August 19, 1996.

General Characteristics:Awarded: February 1, 1973
Keel laid: May 10, 1973
Launched: November 9, 1974
Commissioned: July 9, 1977
Decommissioned: July 30, 1993
Builder: Boeing, Seattle, Wash.
Propulsion system:
  • Foilborne:
    • one General Electric LM-2500 gas turbine engine; 18,000 shaft horsepower; waterjet propulsion units
  • Hullborne:
    • two diesels; 1,600 brake horsepower; waterjet propulsion units
Hull Length: 133 feet (40.5 meters)
Beam: 28 feet (8.5 meters)
Displacement: approx. 255 tons full load
Speed: hullborne: 12 knots  foilborne: 48 knots
Armament: two Mk-140 Harpoon missile launchers, one Mk 75 76mm/62 caliber rapid firing gun
Crew: 4 officers, 17 enlisted

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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS PEGASUS. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.

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Accidents aboard USS PEGASUS:

September 30, 1981north of CubaUSS PEGASUS collides with USS NEWPORT (LST 1179) while making an approach to connect for towing causing minor damage.

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