USN – Retired Frigates and Destroyer Escorts

Frigates and Destroyer Escorts

Frigates (FF, FFG)

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Oliver Hazard Perry Class FFG LOA ca 450′ / 137.2 m TDISP 4,000 tons (71, approximately 30 still active with non-US navies) these came in 445′ / 135.6 m and 453′ / 138.1 m long lengthsinactive Oliver Hazard Perry frigates Phile 2019

USS Gary FFG-51 during sea trials 1984. Note distinctive single arm missile launcher forward and 76mm gun on superstructure between mast and funnel. NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SC-85-07089 Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp.

Oliver Hazard Perry frigates Mayport 2017Oliver Hazard Perry frigates San Diego 2012Oliver Hazard Perry frigates Norfolk 2002

ex-USS Wadsworth FFG-9 (1980-2002) transferred to Poland and upgraded as ORP Generał Tadeusz Kościuszko 273 (2002)Generał Tadeusz Kościuszko OHP Gdynia poland 2011ORP Generał Tadeusz Kościuszko Gdynia 2008

ex-USS Clark FFG-9 (1980-2000) transferred to Poland and upgraded as ORP Generał Kazimierz Pułaski 272 (2000)ORP Generał Kazimierz Pułaski OHP Gdynia poland 2011ORP Generał Kazimierz Pułaski Gdynia 2008

Former USS Recruit (TDE-1, TFFG-1), Naval Training Center, Point Loma near San Diego was originally a 2/3 adaptation of the Dealey class destroyer escort design, at 225′ / 68.6 m long. Commissioned 1949 – 1967 only landlocked ship to hold commissioned status for most of this period. Nicknamed “USS Neversail” and was also Building 430. In 1982 she was refurbished to look like an Oliver Hazard Perry frigate, 1982-1997, though shipsearcher staff fail to see many similarities.ex-USS Recruit training San Diego 2012

Knox Class FF LOA 438′ / 133.5 m TDISP 4,200 tons in US service 1969-1994 (46, 1 preserved)

USS Ainsworth Knox class DN-SC-86-00518
USS Ainsworth 1985 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SC-86-00518

USS Roark FF-1053 (1969-1991) scrapped Brownsville TX 2004USS Roark FF-1053 scrap Brownsville TX 2004

USS Ainsworth FF-1090 (1973) transferred to Turkey 1994 decommissioned 2004, Museum Ship at IzmirTCG Ege F-256 Inciralti, Izmir 2019

USS Fanning FF-1076 undeway in the Pacific, 1991 [Detail of] NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SC-04-10038 PH2 Mark Correa
3 Knox class frigates transferred to Mexico Navy (4th out of frame) located near VeracruzKnox class Veracruz MX 2018ex-USS Robert E. Peary FFG-1073 (1972-1992) transferred to Republic of China (Taiwan) as ROCS Chi Yang FFG-932 (ex USN FF-1073) AND ex-USS Cook FFG-1083 (1971-1992) transferred to Taiwan 1999 as ROCS Hai Yang FFG-936. Taiwanese Knox class (except first unit, Chi Yang) upgraded missile armament retired 2015, to be used for spares Chi Yang class Taiwan (Knox FFG) Kaohsiung 2018

Garcia Class FF LOA 414′ / 126.2 m TDISP 2,600 tons in US service 1964-1990 (9 retired, 4 transferred to Brazil, 1 still in reserve)

USS Koelsch FF-1049 1985 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SC-86-00294

Garcia Class FF Brazil 2012USS Voge FF-1047 (1966-1989) and USS Edward McDonnell (1965-1988) FF-1043 both scrapped 2001-2002Garcia Class FFs philedelphia 1999

Bronstein Class LOA 371′ / 113.1 m TDISP 2,600 tons (2, both transferred to Mexico, now retired)

USS Bronstein FF-1037 (1963-1990) transferred to Mexico as ARM Hermenegildo Galeana F202 (1993-2017) and USS McCloy FF-1038 (1963-1990) transferred to Mexico as ARM Nicolás Bravo (E40) (1993-2017)

USS McCloy FF-1038 during rescue operations for submarine USS Bonefish 27 April 1988 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-ST-88-07597 PH3 Smith, USN

Bronstein class FF Mexico 2012

USS Bronstein FF-1037 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-ST-93-01089

Destroyer Escorts (DDE, DE) Similar in role to later USN reclassified use of term frigate.

Dealey Class DDE LOA 315′ / 96 m TDISP 1,270 tons (13, all scrapped) Royal Norwegian Navy built the Oslo class frigates to a slightly modified design (5 units built, 1 lost, 1 preserved) The US Mutual Defense Assistance Program funded half the expenses.

USS Hartley NH 107508
USS Hartley DDE-1029, 1957 Courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command NH-107508. Of all original Dealey Class destroyer escorts, Hartley came closest to being preserved, as a scheme to preserve her in Colombia (where she served many years as ARC Boyaca DE-16) failed.
A Dealey class escort (outboard of a Canadian DDE) visiting Halifax, Nova Scotia June 1965, showing the RUR-4 “weapon alpha” ASW rocket launcher in front of the bridge. National Air Photo Library VRR2647 photo 779 NRCAN. Crown Copyright
HnoMS Trondheim F-302 Port Everglades FL, 1993 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SC-93-02754 OS2 John Bouvia

HNoMS Narvik F-304 (1966-2007) Currently a museum ship in Horten, Norway.HNoMS Narvik Horten 2015

Rudderow / Crosley Class DDE/APD LOA 306′ / 93.3 m TDISP 1,700 tons (22, 51 variant High Speed transports, 1 preserved, service from 1944, including WW2, Korean War, Vietnam)

NH 91587
USS Crosley Oct. 1944 at Philadelphia Navy Yard. APD-87 NH-91587 Courtesy of A.D. Baker III and Naval History and Heritage Command.

USS Ruchamkin APD-89, DE-228 (1945-1969) one of 51 Crosley class high speed transports based on Rudderow class. Transferred to Colombia via Military Assistance Plan as ARC Córdoba DT-15 (1969-1980) partially rebuilt as part of a theme park at Tocancipá, Cundinamarca, Colombia.

USS Ruchamkin ARC Cordoba at Parque_Jaime_Duque_01
USS Ruchamkin / ARC Córdoba in interesting company at Jaime Duque Park. Credit: Karolynaroca, CC BY-SA 3.0
USS Ruchamkin (APD-89) Tocanipa 2018
The Crosley class high speed transports differed from the Rudderow class DEs by having the aft 5″ gun, the torpedo tubes amidships, and the Hedgehog ASW mortar cabinet removed. APDs could embark 200 troops, 40 tons of cargo, and still provide gunfire support for amphibious landings.
USS Ruchamkin (APD-89) Bagota 2018
In addition to the rebuilt Ruchamkin / Córdoba and the Taj Mahal replica, there is a DC-6 Avianca aircraft, and some kind of creative interpretation of a 17th Century wooden ship.

Edsall Class DDE LOA 306′ / 93.3 m TDISP 1,600 tons (85, 5 lost in combat, 1 preserved)

USS Stewart DE-238 (1942-1972), museum ship in Galveston TX since 1974

USS Stewart DE-238 80-G-200282
USS Stewart DE-238, 1943 80-G-200282 Courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command (Original held by National Archives)

USS Steward Galveston TX 2017ex-USS Hurst DE-250 (1943) transferred to Mexican Navy 1973 as Commodoro Manuel Azueta decommissioned 2015 at Veracruz, sunk as artificial reef 2017

USS Hurst DE-250 NH 43558
USS Hurst DE-250 NH 43558 Courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command

USS Hurst Vera Cruz MX 2015USS Hurst Vera Cruz MX 2009

Cannon Class DE, LOA 306′ / 93.3 m TDISP 1,600 tons (72, 3 preserved 1 active in Royal Thai Navy)

USS Cannon 1943 NH 83390
[Detail of] USS Cannon (DE-99) 1943 NH 83390 Courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command, from the collection of D. M. McPherson
USS McAnn DE-179 (1943) service in Brazil from 1944-1982 as Commandante Bauru Museum Ship Rio de JaneiroCommandante Bauru museum Rio de Janeiro 2018USS Hemminger DE-746 (1944) transferred to Thailand 1959 as HTMS Pin Klao (DE-1), still in commission as ceremonial salute vessel.HTMS Pin Klao Cannon-class DE Bangkok 2018.jpgUSS Slater DE-776 (1944) museum ship Albany NY, served with Greek Navy 1951-1991 as AetosUSS Slater Cannon-class DE Albany 2018.jpgBRP Rajah Humabon PS-11, ex-USS Atherton DE-169 (1943) transferred to Japan 1955 and 20 years later to the Philippine Navy, served until 2018, intended to become a museum ship at Sangley Point, Philippines.

BRP Rajah Humabon PS-11 cannon-class DDE, 2010 DVIDS
BRP Rajah Humabon participating in USN-Philippine Navy Exercise Balikatan 2010 US Navy 1347033 PO3 Mark Alvarez

BRP Rajah Humabon Cannon-class Manila Philippines 2010BRP Rajah Humabon Cannon-class DE Sangley Pt. Philippines 2017BRP Rajah Humabon Cannon-class DE Sangley Pt. Philippines 2010BRP Rajah Humabon Cannon-class DE Sangley Pt. Philippines 2019

RPS Datu Kalantiaw, PS-76, formerly USS Booth DDE-170, wrecked 1981 on the coast of Calayan Island while serving as the Philippine Navy flagship, with a tragic loss of life. NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SN-82-01521 PH1 Felimon Barbante

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