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Frigate USS Kauffman Decommissions Today in Norfolk, Ship Set for Foreign Military Sale

USS Kauffman (FFG-59) departs Naval Station Norfolk for its final deployment. US Navy Photo

USS Kauffman (FFG-59) departs Naval Station Norfolk for its final deployment. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy’s penultimate frigate is slated to decommission today in a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., the service said in a statement.
USS Kauffman (FFG-59) returned from the last Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG-7) frigate deployment in July and following today’s ceremony will be put up for foreign military sale (FMS).

The last deployment — in support of the ongoing anti-trafficking mission in U.S. Southern Command, Operation Martillo — netted the the U.S. 20,000 pounds in narcotics.

The U.S. Coast Guard will fill in the void left by the frigates in the anti-trafficking operations.

“It has been an honor to be part of such a remarkable legacy as a Kauffman sailor and to have led such an impressive and capable group of professionals during the final deployment of a Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate,” said Cmdr. Michael E. Concannon, the frigate’s last commanding officer in a statement.
“These sailors are tough, they are tenacious and they were overwhelmingly successful during our last counter drug mission. They made a difference; they mattered.”

Originally commissioned in 1987, Kauffman deployed more than 20 times and was one of the few U.S. ships to visit the Soviet Union in 1989.

The Aegis guided missile cruiser USS THOMAS S. GATES (CG-51) and the guided missile frigate USS KAUFFMAN (FFG-59) ride at anchor in the harbor. To their left is the Soviet guided missile cruiser Slava in 1989. US Navy Photo

The Aegis guided missile cruiser USS THOMAS S. GATES (CG-51) and the guided missile frigate USS KAUFFMAN (FFG-59) ride at anchor in the harbor. To their left is the Soviet guided missile cruiser Slava in 1989. US Navy Photo

Kauffman and Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Thomas S. Gates (CG-51) transited the Bosphorus Strait to the Black Sea port of Sevastopol on the Crimean peninsula to a reportedly warm reception by the locals.

The ship also conducted several missions to Africa, the Middle East and the Pacific.

What will soon be the last active Perry, USS Simpson (FFG-56), is slated to be decommissioned in Mayport. Fla. on Sept. 29.

  • If the Philippines are interested, they better have $16 Million dollars socked away cause that’s how much it cost to operate, maintain and fuel the Perry class Frigates.

    • John King

      Not a problem. Annual remittances from the U.S. back to the Philippines exceed $27 billion a year. The government can just assess a remittance tax and pay for a new navy and coast guard.

      • Then again, here’s what the Pinoy boys don’t get. Buying it is one thing, it’s a whole other to Operate, maintain and budget it for expenses. It’s why it may look good to buy it but do they have the money to pay for operating, maintaining and paying for the GAS bill.

        • Al

          The Philippine Navy wants the decommissioning USCG Hamilton-class cutters, they are CODOG, they have the ex-Hamilton and ex-Dallas. Nigeria and Bangladesh each have two as well, there are six still in service with the USCG.

          • Their are 6 Hamilton’s left and I think they should make a quick deal to buy the reaming 2 to 4 to form their core Light Frigate force. Then Go to Germany on the Bremen class Frigate and talk to the UK on getting in line for the Type 23 Frigate.

          • Secundius

            @ Nicky.

            Don’t you mean the Type 26’s. The Type 23’s are slowly being replaced by the Type 26’s…

          • The Type 23, Maestrale or the Bremen class Frigates can give the Philippines Multi Role capability

          • Secundius

            @ Nicky.

            They just might Also Get Them From South Korea, too…

          • They need to make a grab for every 2nd hand Frigate.

    • Secundius

      @ Nicky.

      The Philippines won’t take her, because she has Gas-Turbines Propulsion. The Philippines want Diesels. But my understanding is, is she’s going to be converted into a Museum Ship’s and replace the DDG-933, USS. Barry at the Washington, DC. Old Navy Yard…

      • From what I heard, she’s been put up for sale and Taiwan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Bahrain are interested in the Perrys. Also Romania is interested as well.

        • Secundius

          @ Nicky.

          Won’t it be a “Kick In the Head” if the Ukraine Republic, got it…

          • At the Moment, not likely but the US is selling 4 to Taiwan

          • Secundius

            @ Nicky.

            Taiwan already got its’ FOUR “OHP” Ship’s, Kauffman wasn’t one of them. unless we’re Transferring the Ship too them anyway. In the HR 3470 Bill, the only other possible Navy was Mexico. But unfortunately, or fortunately, it Wasn’t Set In Stone. I spent most of the Night trying to find out WHO. All I got out of the ordeal was a Big Fat “?”…

          • That’s anyone’s guess and I am thinking Romania or Columbia

      • Also they won’t be able to find a frigate that is diesel powered these days.

        • Secundius

          @ Nicky.

          So far I’m “Puzzled” to the Philippine Diesel over Gas-Turbine, Quandary. You can Always “Swap Out” Gas-Turbines, in favor of Diesels. I’ll probably have to Look Through Their Commercial Maritime Records to find the Answer’s…

          • I think they want Diesel because look at the Hamilton class Cutters, they have a CODAG, which have a Gas Turbine engines. Though Gas Turbines are nice cause if you need to sprint to get to your patrol area in a hurry, you want a Gas Turbine. Once you get into your patrol area, you can switch to Diesel for more economical cruise but have the Gas Turbines for speed.

  • dan

    Finally, American sailors deserve better than the Perry’s.

    • redgriffin

      Their are times I fell that this crowd would be happiest if the U.S. Navy went back to the World War II navy.

      • dan

        I don’t understand.

        • redgriffin

          All the complaints about the new ships that the navy is deploying these days that the armchair admirals seem to hate for no reason make me think that those people would be happier if we had old hull types and we had no advancement in ideas.

          • Ctrot

            The “hate” as you call it is based on reason, you just refuse to see it.

          • redgriffin

            Maybe but once their built it behoove one to explain their criticism when asked and to make a logical response to a question.

          • Ctrot

            They’re not built, not all of them. The program could be brought to a halt today and it should be. And even if they are all built we should immediately begin looking for its replacement, because the LCS is NOT a warship. It hasn’t the ability to defeat any real warship in its weight or cost category.

          • redgriffin

            Out of SC-21 Plans the LCS is built ,the Zumwalt have been built the A-2 Burkes are built what hasn’t been built yet? Oh yes the A-21 Arsenal ship and C-21 Cruiser, most of the 2nd tier ships that as far as I know aren’t even planned yet the idea of SC-21 was to make the navy more modern and adroit in the 21st Century able to operate in the Littoral Waters of the world. Well we have got it and nobody likes any of it, or so they say. By the way the LCS is a OPV which is a light warship and very common today.

          • Ctrot

            Drop the sophistry. All of the planned LCS have NOT been built, the program could be stopped today if anyone had the common sense to do so.

            LCS is the least well armed for its cost vessel in any naval service on the planet. It is a disaster that will cost lives and it is people like you who are responsible for it.

          • redgriffin

            Tell me why would a 3″ gun be better then the 57mm in Littoral Combat? Which what the vessel is designed to do.

          • Ctrot

            Seriously? You don’t understand what advantage a bigger gun with longer range and hitting power has? That being the case it is no wonder you don’t comprehend the issue of cost vs capability.

          • redgriffin

            Why have longer range and better hitting power when Littoral Combat is at close range and you want rapid fire for suppression.

          • Ctrot

            Littoral combat is at close range? Is that an unwritten rule somewhere? How do you enforce that rule on the guy who has the longer ranged gun and/or missile?

            Where do you come up with these ideas?

            If the LCS gets too close ashore it it will be outgunned by a 70 year old T-34!

          • redgriffin

            Well tell me what type of seacraft are currently used in littoral combat?

          • Ctrot

            Here is the real issue, compare for me the capabilities of a $350-600 million LCS vs a $80 million Taiwanese Tuo Chiang class corvette.

            Or a $175 million Pakistani Zulfiquar class frigate.

            Or a $300 million German Braunschweig class corvette

          • redgriffin

            Oh so General Purpose Frigates could be used. SO we could add the Halifax Class from Canada to your list right?

          • Ctrot

            Is that your way of ignoring the question?

          • redgriffin

            I already said before if people never answer my question I’m not obligated to answer any of yours.

          • Ctrot

            Believe it or not I do not follow your posts as a matter of course, and you’ve never made that statement directly to me. You are simply trying to redirect the debate.

            This all started with you proclaiming that any negative talk about the LCS was just a simplistic desire of us knuckledraggers to return to WWII era ships. In response I have directly challenged that assertion by pointing out the huge negative “cost to combat capability” ratio of the LCS in comparison to any other naval vessel and you continue to refuse to debate that issue. You refuse to do so because you know the facts are on my side and you are not man enough to admit you are wrong.

          • redgriffin

            Now I never insulted knuckle dragger like you said I did I said you have never heard anyone articulate their hatred of the LCS in a way that makes sense or explains the reasoning for it. I really still haven’t heard anything that I would even say was one I can understand. I have now reached the conclusion that I will never hear one so now I move on.

          • Ctrot

            If you have never heard an explanation for the opposition to LCS that makes sense to you then it is a lack of comprehension on your part rather than a lack of it having been explained clearly.

          • old guy

            The Iranians have a great number of OSA and KOMAR derivative boats capable of SWARM tactics in the littoral. Larger ships, like the Chinese corvettes of the Tuo Chiang class might be useful.. The best would be a PHM, Pegasus class,,which could out maneuver and outfight ANY current ships. In computer simulations it defeated ALL subsonic and supersonic missiles.

          • redgriffin

            I would not doubt you about the Chinese but have you checked your intell on the Iranians? It’s the Iraqs that use the OSA and Komar Class not Iran and Iran has never used swarm tactics in all their contacts in the Gulf trust me have heard all about the attacks on the carrier battle groups that are operations in the gulf.

          • redgriffin

            How do you know they would have been stopped as I remember they were under review to be stop no less then 3X’s in the building process and they never were as for the ability to fight what type of enemy are you getting ready to have you LCS fight? The fact is that no warship has ever been built as it was originally planned to believe that it is is to live in a dream world I look for how adaptable the hull is and it appears to me that it is a much better hull then you give it credit for what is at fault is the office in charge of producing the LCS pallet load and they should be shot along with their families for incompetence and to keep them from doing anymore damage to the gene pool.

          • Ctrot

            I did not state “they would have been stopped” I stated they could have and should have been stopped. Reviews meant nothing, the fix was in, there are too many admirals and too many congressional districts making $ on this white elephant.

            “no warship has ever been built as it was originally planned”

            What is your problem? Did I claim LCS wasn’t built to plan? I stated that it is UNDER ARMED and OVER COST.

            How about trying reading for comprehension on occasion and if you must reply make the reply relevant to what I state not to what every fantasy blows through your mind.

            Once again, there is no other “warship” in service in any navy on the planet that offers so little capability at so great a cost as the “Littoral Combat Ship”. None. Period. US Naval personal deserve better.

          • redgriffin

            Maybe I see you don’t but no that would be impossible now wouldn’t it.

    • Ctrot

      Which LCS is not.

  • old guy

    HUZZAH, another victory for Project,”SWIPE” (Shipyard Welfare Investment Program, Eternal). I helped build the Spanish FFG-7 (Santa Maria), F81 class. Crackerjack ships, modernized, still operating. There should have been a coherent modernization program (Funded by the LCS Hunk-A-Junk fiasco.)
    If anyone can tell me ONE thing LCS does better than FFG, I would appreciate it

  • disqus_zommBwspv9

    Never felt the perry’s were really a proper frigate. I like the hull design but not much else about the Layout. But I am looking at this from a gator/oiler BM who always felt a little secured about having a couple of frigates like the old Knox class that were keeping an eye out for us. Always looked forward when on watch when a pair of them turned up

  • Pops

    Why the Sam Hill do they keep scrapping, selling or sinking our older DD’s and FFG’s? We have no bench! No reserve fleet to speak of. This is foolishness!

  • Michael Nunez

    Here’s to Hoping the U.S.S. Kauffman next Deployment will be for the Philippines , God know’s they need a Ship that can be Feared….. .