USS Cardinal (MHC-60)

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USS Cardinal in the Persian Gulf, 2003
USS Cardinal in the Persian Gulf, 2003
Name: USS Cardinal
Awarded: 22 April 1992
Builder: Intermarine
Laid down: 13 April 1994
Launched: 9 March 1996

18 October 1997 This ship was commissioned in the Potomac River at Alexandria Virginia. The Ship's Sponsor was Mrs. Richard Gephardt, wife of Congressman Dick Gephardt of Missouri. In attendance at the Commissioning Ceremony was the legendary St. Louis Cardinals baseball player Stan "The Man" Musial.

The first Commanding Officer was Lieutenant Commander William Sheehan of Glens Falls New York. He is a 1982 graduate (KILO Company Class 82006) of the United States Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport Rhode Island.
Decommissioned: 30 December 2006
Struck: 7 January 2007
Fate: Sold to Egypt
Badge: USS Cardinal MHC-60 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Osprey-class coastal minehunter
Displacement: 828 tons
Length: 188′ (57.3 m)
Beam: 38′ (11.6 m)
Draft: 11′ (3.4 m)
Complement: 5 officers and 46 enlisted

USS Cardinal (MHC-60) was the tenth Osprey-class coastal mine hunter in the United States Navy. She was commissioned on 18 October 1997, decommissioned on 7 January 2007 and sold to Egypt.

Cardinal and Raven loaded aboard MV Blue Marlin for transport to the Persian Gulf, July 2000