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A port bow view of the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) TAURUS (PHM-3) underway during sea trails held two months before its commissioning. The ship was built by Boeing Marine Systems

A port quarter view of the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) TAURUS (PHM-3) underway during sea trials

A bow view of the guided missile combatant (hydrofoil) TAURUS (PHM-3) underway during sea trails

A starboard quarter view of the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) TAURUS (PHM-3) underway during sea trails held two months before its commissioning. The ship was built by Boeing Marine Systems

A vertical view of the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) TAURUS (PHM-3) underway during sea trials

Aerial starboard quarter view of the Pegasus class patrol hydrofoil missile ship TAURUS (PHM-3) underway during high speed pre-delivery tests

An aerial port quarter view of the Pegasus class patrol hydrofoil missile ship TAURUS (PHM-3) underway during high speed pre-delivery tests

An aerial port bow view of the Pegasus class missile patrol hydrofoil TAURUS (PHM-3) underway during high speed pre-delivery tests

Aerial port bow view of the patrol hydrofoil missile ship TAURUS (PHM-3) underway during high-speed pre-delivery tests

A port beam view of the patrol hydrofoil missile ship TAURUS (PHM-3) underway during high-speed pre-delivery tests

An aerial port bow view of the patrol hydrofoil missile ship TAURUS (PHM-3) underway during high speed pre-delivery tests

An aerial port quarter view of the Pegasus class patrol hydrofoil missile ship TAURUS (PHM-3) underway during high speed pre-delivery tests

Aerial starboard quarter view of the patrol hydrofoil missile ship TAURUS (PHM-3) underway during high-speed pre-delivery tests

Aerial bow view of the patrol hydrofoil missile ship TAURUS (PHM-3) underway during high-speed pre-delivery tests

RDML John D. Bulkeley, president, Navy Board of Inspection and Survey, speaks at the launching of the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) AQUILA (PHM-4). The AQUILA was built by Boeing Marine Systems

Distinguished guests stand on the pier at the bow of the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) AQUILA (PHM-4) following launching. Among the guests are RDML and Mrs. John D. Williams, left; RDML and Mrs. James W. Lisanby, center; and RDML and Mrs. John D. Bulkeley. Mrs. Bulkeley, holding flowers, is the ship's sponsor. Her husband is at her left. The AQUILA was built by Boeing Marine Systems

Boeing Marine Systems Vice President R. A. Bateman watches as Sponsor Mrs. John D. Bulkeley, wife of RDML John D. Bulkeley, breaks the champagne bottle on the ship's forward hydrofoil to launch the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) AQUILA (PHM-4). The AQUILA was built by Boeing Marine Systems

RDML James W. Lisanby, deputy commander, Ship Design Integration, Navy Sea Systems Command, speaks at the launching of the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) AQUILA (PHM-4). The AQUILA was built by Boeing Marine Systems

RDML James W. Lisanby, deputy commander, Ship Design and Integration, Navy Sea Systems Command, escorts Matron of Honor Joan Bulkeley Stade to the speaker's platform prior to the launching ceremony for the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) AQUILA (PHM-4). The AQUILA was built by Boeing Marine Systems

Boeing Marine Systems Vice President R.E. Bateman speaks at the launching of the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) AQUILA (PHM-4) as other distinguished guests on the speaker's platform listen. Among the guests is RDML James Williams, second from right, commander, Naval Base Seattle. The AQUILA was built by Boeing Marine Systems

A starboard view of the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) AQUILA (PHM-4) up on the pier with a crowd as Sponsor Mrs. John D. Bulkeley breaks the champagne bottle of the forward hydrofoil to launch the ship. Mrs. Bulkeley is the wife of RDML John D. Bulkeley, president, Navy Board of Inspection and Survey. The AQUILA was built by Boeing Marine Systems

Retired LT J. M. Newberry, USN, right, presents LCDR David M. Lee, prospective commanding officer of the guided missile combatant (hydrofoil) AQUILA (PHM-4), with a plaque on behalf of the PT-boat Society

Retired LT J. M. Newberry, USN, speaks at the launching of the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) AQUILA (PHM-4) as other distinguished guests on the speaker's platform listen. Among the guests to Newberry's left are, front row, from left, RDML and Mrs. John D. Bulkeley, RDML James W. Lisanby and Joan Bulkeley Stade. Mrs. Bulkeley is the ship's sponsor and Mrs. Stade is the matron of honor

A starboard view of the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) AQUILA (PHM-4) in the water following its launching. The AQUILA was built by Boeing Marine Systems

RDML John D. Bulkeley, president, Navy Board of Inspection and Survey; Mrs. Bulkeley, the ship's sponsor; Joan Bulkeley Stade, matron of honor; and Herbert Stade stand on the pier at the bow of the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) AQUILA (PHM-4) following launching. The AQUILA was built by Boeing Marine Systems

A port quarter view of the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) TAURUS (PHM-3) underway during sea trails

A port beam view of the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) TAURUS (PHM-3) underway on its hydrofoils. The ship was built by Boeing Marine Systems

A vertical view, looking toward the stern, of the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) TAURUS (PHM-3) underway on its hydrofoils. The ship was built by Boeing Marine Systems

A starboard quarter view of the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) TAURUS (PHM-3) underway on its hydrofoils. The ship was built by Boeing Marine Systems

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington. A life ring from the USS TAURUS (PHM 3) at the hydrofoil's commissioning ceremony

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington. Crewmembers of the USS TAURUS (PHM 3) man the rail during the commissioning ceremony for the hydrofoil

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington. A crewmember of the hydrofoil USS TAURUS (PHM 3) stands by awaiting the command to place the TAURUS in commission and raise the Navy Union Jack

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington. A plaque fastened to the mast of the hydrofoil USS TAURUS (PHM 3) commemorates the placing of a silver coin under the mast during construction of the ship

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington. Guests attend the commissioning ceremony for the hydrofoil USS TAURUS (PHM 3)

Puget Sound Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington. Crewmembers of the USS TAURUS (PHM 3) stand at parade rest during the commissioning ceremony for the hydrofoil

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington. A stern view of the hydrofoil USS TAURUS (PHM 3) moored to a pier during its commissioning ceremony

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington. Members of the Navy Band Seattle prepare to play at the commissioning ceremony for the hydrofoil USS TAURUS (PHM 3)

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington. A crewmember aboard the USS TAURUS (PHM 3) salutes the colors during the commissioning ceremony for the hydrofoil

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington. Rear Admiral James D. Williams, Commander, Naval Base Seattle, delivers his address as the keynote speaker during the commissioning for the hydrofoil USS TAURUS (PHM 3). Seated behind Williams are: Captain Oliver H. Wetzel, Chaplain Corps (left), and Commander L.M. Hardt, Commander, Patrol Combatant Missile Hydrofoil Squadron Two

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington. The US flag is hoisted at the stern of the USS TAURUS (PHM 3) during the commissioning ceremony for the hydrofoil

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington. Crewmembers of the USS TAURUS (PHM 3) stand at parade rest during the commissioning ceremony for the hydrofoil

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington. A crewmember aboard the USS TAURUS (PHM 3) hoists the commissioning pennant during the commissioning ceremony for the hydrofoil

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington. The insignia for Patrol Combatant Missile Hydrofoil Squadron Two on the hydrofoil USS TAURUS (PHM 3)

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington. Lieutenant Commander W. Scott Slocum, prospective commanding officer of the USS TAURUS (PHM 3), speaks at the commissioning ceremony for the hydrofoil. Seated behind Slocum are (left to right): Captain Oliver H. Wetzel, Chaplain Corps; Rear Admiral James D. Williams, Commander, Naval Base Seattle; and Commander L.M. Hardt, Commander, Patrol Combatant Missile Hydrofoil Squadron Two

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington. CHIEF Quartermaster Edmund H. Giles, with long glass in hand, mans the quarterdeck of the USS TAURUS (PHM 3) as the first officer of the deck during the commissioning for the hydrofoil

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington. Crewmembers of the USS TAURUS (PHM 3) march down the brow to man the hydrofoil during its commissioning ceremony

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington. Crewmembers of the USS TAURUS (PHM 3) man the rail during the commissioning ceremony for the hydrofoil

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington. A stern view of the hydrofoil USS TAURUS (PHM 3) moored to a pier during its commissioning ceremony

A starboard bow view of the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) ARIES (PHM-5) sliding down the ways during launching. The vessel was built by Boeing Marine Systems

CAPT William E. Trueblood, PHM Acquisition Project Manager, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks at the launching of the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) ARIES (PHM-5). Among those on the platform with Trueblood are, from left, Boeing Marine Systems Vice President Robert E. Bateman and VADM and Mrs. Earl B. Fowler Jr., VADM Fowler, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, and Mrs. Fowler is the ship's sponsor

A starboard bow view of the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) ARIES (PHM-5) as a crowd watches it begin to slide down the ways during launching. The vessel was built by Boeing Marine Systems

Chaplain (CAPT.) Oliver Wetzel, Naval Base Seattle, offers the invocation at the launching of the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) Aries (PHM-5). Among those with Wetzel on the platform are: Boeing Marine Systems Vice President Robert E. Bateman, third from left; Vice Adm. Earl B. Fowler Jr., commander, Naval Sea Systems Command; his wife who is ship's sponsor; and Rear Adm. James D. Williams, commander, Naval Base Seattle

Distinguished guests stand on the pier at the bow of the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) ARIES (PHM-5) following launching

Mrs. Earl B. Fowler Jr., ship's sponsor, breaks the champagne bottle on the forward hydrofoil of the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) ARIES (PHM-5) as Boeing Marine Systems Vice President Robert E. Bateman watches during launching. Mrs. Fowler is the wife of VADM Earl B. Fowler Jr., commander, Naval Sea Systems Command. The vessel was built by Boeing Marine systems

VADM Earl B. Fowler Jr., commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks at the launching of the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) ARIES (PHM-5). To Fowler's right is Boeing Marine Systems Vice President Robert E. Bateman, whose company built the ARIES

The color guard from Naval Support Activity Seattle presents the colors at the launching of the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) ARIES (PHM-5) as distinguished guests stand on the speakers platform. Included on the platform are: Boeing Marine Systems Vice President Robert E. Bateman, at podium, and VADM Earl B. Fowler Jr., second person to the left of the podium, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command

A port bow view of the guided missile combatant (hydrofoil) AQUILA (PHM-4), left, and the jetfoil BIMA SAMUDERA I making a right turn together during testing off the coast of Seattle. The two ships are being built by Boeing Marine Systems. The AQUILA will be delivered to me U.S. Navy in December 1981, and the BIMA SAMUDERA I will joint the Republic of Inodonesia navy in early 1982

Mrs. Robert E. Bateman, ship's sponsor, breaks the traditional bottle of champagne against the patrol combatant-missile (hydrofoil) HERCULES (PHM-2) during the christening ceremony

CMDR Myron V. Ricketts speaks at the launching ceremony for the patrol combatant-missile (hydrofoil) HERCULES (PHM-2)

A view of the patrol combatant-missile (hydrofoil) HERCULES (PHM-2) and guests during the launching ceremony

Aerial port beam view of the Italian Sparviero class hydrofoil-missile NIBBIO P-421) underway

Aerial port side view of the Italian Sparviero class hydrofoil-missile NIBBIO P-421) and FALCONE (P-422) underway

A starboard beam view of the hydrofoil USS TAURUS (PHM-3) taken from the deck of a tank landing ship during underway replenishment operations

A view of the hydrofoil USS TAURUS (PHM-3) taken from the deck of a tank landing ship during underway replenishment operations. The Taurus is equipped with eight Harpoon surface-to-surface cruise missiles visible to the right

A starboard bow view of the hydrofoil USS AQUILA (PHM-4) equipped with eight harpoon surface-to-surface cruise missiles

A starboard bow view of the hydrofoil USS AQUILA (PHM-4) equipped with eight Harpoon surface-to-surface cruise missiles

A highline is connected between the hydrofoil USS TAURUS (PHM-3) and a tank landing ship during underway replenishment operations

A chaplain gives the invocation at the commissioning ceremony for the combatant missile (hydrofoil) patrol ship USS ARIES (PGM-5)

A view from the pier of the port side of the combatant missile (hydrofoil) patrol ship USS ARIES (PGM-5) during its commissioning ceremony

The crew of the combatant missile (hydrofoil) patrol ship USS ARIES (PGM-5) man the rail during its commissioning ceremony

Rep. Norman D. Dicks, D-Wash., speaks at the commissioning ceremony for the combatant missile (hydrofoil) patrol ship USS ARIES (PGM-5)

The crew of the combatant missile (hydrofoil) patrol ship USS ARIES (PGM-5) man the rail during its commissioning ceremony

A view from the pier, of the port bow section on the combatant missile (hydrofoil) patrol ship USS ARIES (PGM-5) during its commissioning ceremony

An honor guard displays the colors during the commissioning ceremony for the combatant missile (hydrofoil) patrol ship USS ARIES (PGM-5)

A flag officer speaks at the commissioning ceremony for the combatant missile (hydrofoil) patrol ship USS ARIES (PGM-5)

A flag officer arrives to participate in the commissioning ceremony for the combatant missile (hydrofoil) patrol ship USS ARIES (PGM-5)

A Navy band performs during the commissioning ceremony for the combatant missile (hydrofoil) patrol ship USS ARIES (PGM-5)

LCDR Carl Wiescopf, prospective commanding officer of combatant missile (hydrofoil) patrol ship USS ARIES (PGM-5), speaks at its commissioning ceremony

A flag officer arrives to participate in the commissioning ceremony for the combatant missile (hydrofoil) patrol ship USS ARIES (PGM-5)

A petty officer stands at attention aboard the combatant missile (hydrofoil) patrol ship USS ARIES (PGM-5) during its commissioning ceremony

A flag officer arrives to participate in the commissioning ceremony for the combatant missile (hydrofoil) patrol ship USS ARIES (PGM-5)

A flag officer speaks at the commissioning ceremony for the combatant missile (hydrofoil) patrol ship USS ARIES (PGM-5)

A starboard view of the Pegasus class patrol combatant-missile (hydrofoil) USS GEMINI (PHM-6) underway

A port bow view of the patrol combatant missile (hydrofoil) USS GEMINI (PHM 6)

Crewmen aboard the patrol combatant missile (hydrofoil) USS HERCULES (PHM 2) handle lines during underway replenishment operations with the tank landing ship USS RACINE (LST 1191). The RACINE is escorting the HERCULES to their new home port at Key West, Florida

A view of the stern section of the patrol combatant missile (hydrofoil) USS HERCULES (PHM 2). When foil-borne, the LM-2500 gas turbine engine pushes up to 90,000 gallons of water a minute from the ship's stern

Silhouetted bow view of the patrol combatant missile (hydrofoil) USS GEMINI (PHM 6)

An artist's concept of the Navy Hydrofoil pier at Key West, Florida. The trailer complex provides support for patrol combatants-missile (hydrofoil) (PHM) operations. USS TAURUS (PHM-3) in the foreground and AQUILA (PHM04) on the opposite side are tied at the pier. Four PHM craft are presently operating out of Key West

A port bow view of the patrol combatants missile hydrofoil USS HERCULES (PHM 2), with crew members manning the rails during its commissioning ceremony

A port bow view of the patrol combatants missile hydrofoil USS HERCULES (PHM 2), during its commissioning ceremony

Officers and crewmen go aboard the patrol combatants missile hydrofoil USS HERCULES (PHM 2), during its commissioning ceremony

Lieutenant Commander Thomas C. Corcoran, commanding officer of the patrol combatants missile hydrofoil USS HERCULES (PHM 2), addresses guests attending the ship's commissioning ceremony

An officer addresses guests attending the commissioning ceremony for the patrol combatants missile hydrofoil USS HERCULES (PHM 2)

A port bow view of the patrol combatants missile hydrofoil USS HERCULES (PHM 2), during its commissioning ceremony

A port bow view of the patrol combatants missile hydrofoil USS HERCULES (PHM 2), as a Navy band performs during its commissioning ceremony

A port quarter view of the patrol combatants missile hydrofoil USS HERCULES (PHM 2), with stern foil raised, during its commissioning ceremony

An officer grips the handle of a ceremonial sword during the commissioning ceremony for the patrol combatants missile hydrofoil USS HERCULES (PHM 2)

Lieutenant Commander Thomas C. Corcoran, Commanding Officer of the patrol combatants missile hydrofoil USS HERCULES (PHM 2), addresses guests attending the ship's commissioning ceremony

Starboard bow view of the patrol combatant-missile (hydrofoil) USS PEGASUS (PHM-1) underway. AN RGM-84 Harpoon missile canister launcher is mounted on the starboard quarter

A port bow view of the patrol combatants missile hydrofoil USS AGUILA (PHM 4) underway during sea trials