USS Cardinal

I am a Plankowner for the USS Cardinal (MHC-60). I used USSCardinal.com as a memorial to the USS Cardinal. I recently repurchased the domain and planned to build a great resource for anyone that wanted info about the USS Cardinal and for those that served on the USS Cardinal to be able to keep in touch with others. I have decided to scrap that idea and since I have the domain, I decided to have it forwarded to a landing page here on my personal blog.

I am considering dropping $49.99 to obtain the licensing rights for this photo for the featured image on this page. It’s one of the best photos of our old ship I have found to date.

Here is some information about the USS Cardinal.

The USS Cardinal (MHC-60)

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.

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 Lou Brock and his wife Jacqueline Brock was matron of honor.

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.

030424-N-5362A-007 Naval Support Activity, Bahrain (Apr. 24, 2003) -- The mine warfare ship, USS Cardinal (MHC 60) returns to her homeport at Naval Support Activity Bahrain after 45 days at sea conducting mine clearing operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and end the regime of Saddam Hussein. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Photographer's Mate 1st Class Arlo K. Abrahamson. (RELEASED)
Naval Support Activity, Bahrain (Apr. 24, 2003) — The mine warfare ship, USS Cardinal (MHC 60) returns to her homeport at Naval Support Activity Bahrain after 45 days at sea conducting mine clearing operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and end the regime of Saddam Hussein. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Arlo K. Abrahamson. (RELEASED)

USS Cardinal Specs

Osprey Class Coastal Minehunter

  • Laid down 13 April 1994 by the Intermarine USA Shipyard, Savannah, GA
  • Launched 9 March 1996
  • Commissioned USS Cardinal (MHC 60), 18 October 1997
  • Transferred 1 September 2000 from the Naval Reserve Force to the active fleet for permanent deployment to the Persian Gulf and home ported at Manama, Bahrain
  • Decommissioned 7 January 2007, struck from the Navy list and transferred to Egypt
  • Commissioned al Shareen in July 2007.

Specifications:

  • Displacement 895 Metric Tons
  • Length 188′
  • Beam 36′
  • Draft (Navigation) 9′ 5″, Draft (Keel) 7′
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 53
  • Armament: Two .50 cal. machine guns and one man held Stinger missile launcher
  • Propulsion: Two 800hp Isotta Fraschini ID36 SS8V-AM diesel engines; two Voith Schneider vertical axis, cycloidal, controllable pitch propellers, two shafts
  • Electrical Systems: Two ship service diesel generators, one ship service/emergency diesel generator; Monocoque Design glass reinforced plastic monohull design. No longitudinal or transverse hull framing. The skin carries all thestresses. The vessel is flexible under shock. Machinery is supported by cradles from the main deck
  • Sensors/Navigation Systems AN/SYQ-13 Navigation, Command & Control System, AN/SPS-64(V)9 surface search radar, AN/SPA-25G radar display; AN/UQN-4A sonar sounding set, AN/WSN-2 stabilized gyrocompass,Hyper-fix radio navigation system, Loran C, Military global positioning system (GPS), AN/BQH-7A expendable bathythermograph set
  • Mine Countermeasures Systems: AN/SLQ-48(V)2 mine neutralization system (MNS), AN/SQQ-32 minehunting sonar.

USS Cardinal Crest

USS_Cardinal_MHC-60_CrestDark blue represents the Navy. The ship’s namesake, the CARDINAL, represents the mission by removing an enemy contact mine from the sea. The mines in chief recall the three previous ships CARDINAL, the star on the center mine alluding to the battle star awarded YMS 179 for World War II service during which she swept a record number of mines. Red, white and blue refer to the colors of the National flag. Ultramarine blue refers to duties performed in coastal waterways. Red denotes courage, white signifies integrity.

CREST: The annulet reflects the continuing tradition of distinguished service by all the ships which have borne the name CARDINAL. Red symbolizes courage and sacrifice. The gold hexagons refer to the number of ships in the class and denote strength and endurance. The wreath indicates honor and achievement. The trident refers to the Navy, the three tines alluding again to the three previous ships CARDINAL. Gold signifies excellence. SUPPORTERS: The Naval officer’s sword and the cutlass represent past and present Naval service and readiness to defend the nation through command of the waters.

MOTTO: A doubled scroll, edged and inscribed “COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE” Azure (dark blue).

USS Cardinal Plank Owners

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This is a work in progress.

Front Row: LT Gostlin (SUPPO), LT Sorensen (XO), LCDR Sheehan (CO), LT Wood (CHENG), LT Sinninger (OPS)

2nd Row: Senior Chief Kimball (Command Master Chief), RMSA Watkinson, UNKNOWN, OS2 Head, EN3 Camacho, SA Feliz-Valerio, SA Johnson, DC1 Todd, BM3 Hall, IC2 Nelson, ET1 Twigg, ENC Cline (Engineering)

3rd Row: UNKNOWN, QM3 Zeitler, SK1 Gillis, ET3 Leckness, QM Littleton, EN1 Brown, MNSN Watkins, GM2 Hackett, RM2 Hoffman, OS2 Hamilton

Back Row: HM1 Craig, YN1 Gaines, SR Cleckly, OCFA Smith, EN2 Garcia, SA Boatman, EM3 Crewell, UNKNOWN, MS1 Bennes, MS2 Price

USS CARDINAL PLANKOWNER

The USS Cardinal Plankowner Bat

During the week prior to the USS Cardinal’s commissioning, my supervisor was given a wooden baseball bat with the USS Cardinal and St. Louis Cardinal logos and we were tasked with having the initial USS Cardinal crew of 51 plankowners sign it. It was said that the bat was to be placed into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame. This was the case and I recently asked the curator of that museum for photographs of the bat. She sent some great photos of the bat.

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My signature is between the birds in the St. Louis Cardinals logo, the C and L followed by ET3. I have used that signature since art class in 8th grade.

“Images courtesy of the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum

The USS Cardinal Commissioning

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This photo was taken of the USS Cardinal making it’s way up the Potomic River to Alexandria, VA for the Commissioning Ceremony.

The Commissioning Ceremony was on October 18, 1997 in Alexandria, VA.

971018-N-0132S-002 ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Oct. 18, 1997) -- Ship sponsor Jane Gephardt passes the U.S. Navy's newest coastal minehunter USS Cardinal (MHC 60) as Rep. Richard A. Gephardt (D-MO)shakes hands with Commander Mine Warfare Rear Admiral D.R. Conley during the ship's commissioning ceremony near Washington, D.C., today. USS Cardinal, commanded by Lt.Cmdr. William A. Sheehan, will be homeported in Ingelside, TX. USS Cardinal's primary mission is reconnaissance, classification and neutralization of moored and bottom mines in harbors and coastal waterways during worldwide Navy operations "Forward.. From the Sea." U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class Todd Stevens. (RELEASED)
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Oct. 18, 1997) — Ship sponsor Jane Gephardt passes the U.S. Navy’s newest coastal minehunter USS Cardinal (MHC 60) as Rep. Richard A. Gephardt (D-MO)shakes hands with Commander Mine Warfare Rear Admiral D.R. Conley during the ship’s commissioning ceremony near Washington, D.C., today. USS Cardinal, commanded by Lt.Cmdr. William A. Sheehan, will be homeported in Ingelside, TX. USS Cardinal’s primary mission is reconnaissance, classification and neutralization of moored and bottom mines in harbors and coastal waterways during worldwide Navy operations “Forward.. From the Sea.” U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class Todd Stevens. (RELEASED)