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PHM 1 Pegasus

PHM 1 Pegasus hydrofoil boats were designed to operate offensively against hostile surface combatants and other surface craft; and conduct surveillance, screening and special operations. The six PHMs of the Pegasus class formed a single squadron which operated from Key West. These six Boeing-built patrol hydrofoil missile ships (PHMs), resulting from advanced ship work at the center, saw action in the Pacific and in drug interdiction in the Caribbean in the 1980s.

They were the Navy's fastest ships when foilborne and driven by their single gas turbine. They had good range on their diesels, excellent seakeeping qualities, amazingly fast response to requirements for speed, and a potent punch. Since becoming operational, they established an unusually high availability rate while participating in a variety of missions, including significant involvement in the national drug interdiction program.

The six vessels of Patrol Combatant Missile Hydrofoil Squadron 2 traveled in formation en route to Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Va. for decommissioning in June 1993.



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