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USS Pelican (MHC-53)
USS Pelican
Career (United States)
Name: USS Pelican
Namesake: Pelican
Awarded: 3 October 1989
Builder: Avondale Shipyard, Gulfport, Mississippi
Laid down: 6 June 1991
Launched: 27 February 1993
Completed: 11 August 1995
Commissioned: 18 November 1995
Decommissioned: 16 March 2007
Struck: 16 March 2007
Fate: Sold to Greece, 16 March 2007
Badge: USS Pelican MHC-53 Crest.png
Career (Greece)
Name: Evniki (M61)
Acquired: 16 March 2007
Commissioned: 16 March 2007
Fate: in active service, as of 2021
General characteristics
Class & type: Osprey-class coastal minehunter
Displacement: 839 long tons (852 t) light
926 long tons (941 t) full
Length: 188 ft (57 m)
Beam: 38 ft (12 m)
Draft: 11 ft (3.4 m)
Propulsion: Two diesels, 800 hp (597 kW) each
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 5 Officers, 46 Enlisted
Armament: Mine neutralization system & two .50 caliber machine guns

USS Pelican (MHC-53) was the third Osprey-class coastal minehunter and the third ship in the Navy to bear the name of the bird. From 1 January 1997 on, the Pelican was part of the Naval Reserve Force. In that role the ship was used as training platform for naval reservists. Both decommissioned and stricken from the Navy List on 16 March 2007, the Pelican was transferred to the Hellenic Navy the same day. There she was recommissioned as HS Evniki.

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