USS Pelican (MHC-53)

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USS Pelican
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
Identification: MHC-53
Fate: Sold to Greece, 16 March 2007
Badge: USS Pelican MHC-53 Crest.png
Name: Evniki
Acquired: 16 March 2007
Commissioned: 16 March 2007
Identification: M61
Fate: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Osprey-class coastal minehunter
  • 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 cal (12.7 mm) 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, 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, Pelican was transferred to the Hellenic Navy the same day. There she was recommissioned as Evniki.

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