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MHC 62 Shrike
"Navigare Sine Timore"

The Osprey Class Coastal Mine Hunter Shrike (MHC 62) was christened during ceremonies held on May 24, 1997, at Intermarine USA, Savannah, Ga. Senator Max Cleland of Georgia was the principal speaker. Serving as ship's sponsor was Mrs. Janet Gehman, wife of Adm. Harold W. Gehman, Jr., Vice Chief of Naval Operations.

USS Shrike (MHC 62) was commissioned during a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 31, 1999 at the City Dock in Baton Rouge, La. Vice Adm. Henry C. Giffin, III, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, will be the principal speaker. Mrs. Janet Gehman, wife of Commander in Chief , U.S. Atlantic Command/Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic Adm. Harold W. Gehman Jr., is the ship's sponsor.

Shrike was the last of 12 Osprey Class ships authorized by Congress.

Previous Namesakes

Ships in the coastal minehunter class are named after North American birds of prey. One previous ship (1955-1975) was named Shrike. Originally laid down as AMS-201, the first Shrike's classification was changed to MSC-201, a minesweeper.



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