Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise
The USS Pelican (MHC-53) arrives at the Port of Beaumont during U.S. Navy Days in Beaumont on Friday, June 16, 2006. The 188-foot-long ship is designed to locate and conduct mine countermeasures, clear routes and conduct underwater search operations. The hull is constructed of a special fiberglass and resin to absorb shocks from underwater explosions.
The ship was originally commissioned in Beaumont in recognition of the area's WWII shipbuilding effort.