|USS Kingfisher (MHC-56)|
USS Kingfisher on the Hudson River, 2003
|Awarded:||29 March 1991|
|Laid down:||12 February 1993|
|Launched:||18 June 1994|
|Acquired:||24 July 1996|
|Commissioned:||26 October 1996|
|Decommissioned:||1 December 2007|
|Class & type:||Osprey-class coastal minehunter|
|Displacement:||868 tons (light) 955 tons (full)|
|Length:||188 ft (57 m)|
|Beam:||36 ft (11 m)|
|Draft:||11 ft (3.4 m)|
|Propulsion:||Two diesels (800 hp each)|
|Speed:||12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)|
|Complement:||5 officers and 46 enlisted|
|Armament:||Mine neutralization system & two .50 caliber machine guns|
Kingfisher was decommissioned in a joint ceremony along with three other Coastal Mine Hunters. She was transferred to a Naval Inactive Ships Storage Facility to await transfer under Foreign Military Sales. She was the last Coastal Mine Hunter (MHC) in active service with the US Navy.
Current Status[edit | edit source]
The US Senate has approved the sale of the ship to India along with MHC-57 Cormorant in September 2010.
References[edit | edit source]
- This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.
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