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USS Kingfisher (MHC 56)

- decommissioned -

USS KINGFISHER was the sixth OSPREY - class coastal mine hunter and was a participant of the Navy's 2000 Great Lakes Cruise. The ship was delivered to the Navy on July 24, 1996. On July 1, 1997, the KINGFISHER transfered to the Naval Reserve Force and subsequently served as training ship for naval reservists. Decommissioned on December 1, 2007, the KINGFISHER is presently laid-up at Beaumont, Tx.

General Characteristics:Awarded: March 29, 1991
Keel laid: February 12, 1993
Launched: June 18, 1994
Commissioned: October 26, 1996
Decommissioned: December 1, 2007
Builder: Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans, La.
Propulsion System: two diesels (800 hp each)
Propellers: two
Length: 188 feet (57.3 meters)
Beam: 36 feet (11 meters)
Draft: 9,5 feet (2.9 meters)
Displacement: 895 tons
Speed: 12 knots
Armament: Mine neutralization system, two .50 caliber machine guns
Crew: 5 Officers, 46 Enlisted


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Crew List:

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


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About the Ship's Coat of Arms:

The Shield:

Dark blue are the colors traditionally used by the Navy and reflect the sea and excellence. The belted Kingfisher, a tenacious hunter, is the ship's namesake. This graceful bird jealously guards its fishing rights, constantly patrolling its stretch of shoreline. The blue and gray border commemorates the courage and valor displayed by the first USS KINGFISHER during the Civil War and alludes to a coastline and the littoral maritime area where an MHC operates.

The Crest:

The horned contact mine underscores the North Sea mine barrage clearance of the third USS KINGFISHER during World War I. The stars honor the battle star that the ship earned rescuing a downed aviator during World War II. The life ring also highlights this lifesaving act. The four lightning bolts represent the four ships that have been named KINGFISHER; their radiating configuration underscores the ship's modern electronic mine hunting capabilities in the search and clearing of enemy mines.


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