Taurus, the first of five Patrol Hydrofoil Missileships (PHMs) being built by Boeing Marine Systems, Seattle, Wash., for the U.S. Navy, takes a flying tour of Seattle's Elliott Bay during pre-delivery tests in Puget Sound.

Taurus, to be delivered in October, and the other four hydrofoil combatants — Aquila, Aries, Gemini and Hercules — will join the USS Pegasus (PHM-1) forming a six-ship squadron next fall in Key West, Fla. The PHM squadron will operate with mobile logistic support in a rapid deployment concept.

Armed with Harpoon missiles, a 76mm rapid-fire gun, and capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots, PHMs are powerful and effective surface warfare ships. They provide a stable working platform for the 21- man crew even in rough seas.

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