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Last Oliver Hazard Perry Frigate USS Simpson Leaves Service, Marked for Foreign Sale

USS Simpson (FFG-56) returns to Naval Station Mayport after completing a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. US Navy Photo

USS Simpson (FFG-56) returns to Naval Station Mayport after completing a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. US Navy Photo

After 30 years of service the last Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate — USS Simpson (FFG-56) — ceremonially left U.S. Navy service Tuesday at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., according to the service.

Simpson’s departure from the service marks the end of the Perrys in the service making way for the roles to be filled by the new Littoral Combat Ships (LCS).

Following the departure of the ship from the service, the ship is set to be put up for foreign military sale (FMS) after being towed to Philadelphia sometime next month, according to information from the service.

Simpson was best known as part of a three-ship surface action group (SAG) that was in turn part of Operation Praying Mantis — the retaliation mission following the near-sinking of frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) during the Iran-Iraq War in 1988.

Belknap-class cruiser USS Wainwright (CG-28), Knox-class frigate USS Bagley (FF-1069) and Simpson destroyed an oil-rig based surveillance post and sunk Iranian patrol boat Joshan, according to a May 1989 account of the operation in Proceedings.

The ship departed for its final deployment to U.S. Southern Command in November to Europe and the Middle East and returned to Mayport in June.

  • Marcd30319

    Given the ships that are their replacements, the Perrys will be missed as solid and versatile platforms.

    • Secundius

      @ Marcd30319.

      The next Scheduled Frigate Competition is in 2019. At last count their were Eight Entries in the Competition. BAe Defense, Lockheed-Martin, and Huntinton-Ingalls are Known. The other’s are NOT…

      • Marcd30319

        A LCS derivative is the likely outcome, particularly since the next batch of LCS will be called frigates. In any case, the FFG-7 will be a hard act to follow which was the point of my post.

        • Secundius

          @ Marcd30319.

          The projected size of the Freedom variant is about 4,700-tonnes @ ~410-feet long and a speed ~35kts. Mounted with a 3-inch (76.2x636mmR/62-caliber) Oto Melara Super-Rapid Autocannon, with Vulcano capabilities. Crew size is undetermined, but around 100 to 120. The could also go with the BAe Type 26 @ 8,500-tons gross and capable of about 28-kts. with a range of 7,000nmi…

          • Marcd30319

            Irregardless the competition, the FFG-7 will be a hard act to follow which again was the point of my post.

          • Secundius

            @ Marcd30319.

            Not Doubt, I’ve always wondered why the ChiCom’s are Worried about a 40-Year Old Design. Going to their Wayward Lost Brother’s in the Strait’s. But then again, I remember, “Opinion’s” (Two ARSE’s on the Same Soundstage) of the OHP were about the Same for our “Current Bundle of Joy” classes…

  • disqus_zommBwspv9

    @ Marcd30319 so true. I always loved a the hull design of the Perry’s shame the superstructure looked to looked like box

  • I heard scuttlebutt that one of the Perry class frigates is going to Romania, Ukraine, Mexico Or Columbia. I know Taiwan is getting 4 of them.

    • Curtis Conway

      Four have been flagged for Taiwan, but only two are bought so far. Taiwan is looking for money. Need some friends in the Pacific?

      • 4 have been reserved for Taiwan and the rest are up for grabs.

        • Curtis Conway

          Nicky, I don’t know if this is going to work but I’m going to try it: Msg:
          THE PROJECTED FY15 SHIP INACTIVATION SCHEDULE FOR INACTIVATING U.S.
          BATTLE FORCE AND NON-BATTLE FORCE NAVAL VESSELS IS PROMULGATED AS FOLLOWS TO
          FACILITATE FLEET PLANNING EFFORTS TO CONDUCT A DECOMMISSIONING CONTINUOUS
          MAINTENANCE AVAILABILITY OR INACTIVATION AVAILABILITY:

          SHIP NAME INACTIVATION POST INACTIVATION STATUS

          USS DEFENDER (MCM 2) 01 OCT 2014 DISMANTLEMENT
          R/V MELVILLE (AGOR 14) 01 OCT 2014 FOREIGN MILITARY SALE
          (FMS)
          USS LA JOLLA (SSN 701) 01 DEC 2014 MOORED TRAINING SHIP
          CONVERSION
          USS NORFOLK (SSN 714) 15 DEC 2014 DISMANTLEMENT
          R/V KNORR (AGOR 15) 31 DEC 2014 FMS
          USS MCCLUSKY (FFG 41) 14 JAN 2015 FMS
          USS ELROD (FFG 55) 30 JAN 2015 FMS
          USS INGRAHAM (FFG 61) 30 JAN 2015 DISMANTLEMENT
          USS VANDEGRIFT (FFG 48) 31 MAR 2015 FMS
          USS RODNEY M DAVIS (FFG 60) 31 MAR 2015 FMS
          USS PELELIU (LHA 5) 31 MAR 2015 OUT OF COMMISSION/IN RESERVE
          USS TAYLOR (FFG 50) 08 MAY 2015 FMS
          USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG 58) 22 MAY 2015 DISMANTLEMENT
          USS GARY (FFG 51) 05 AUG 2015 FMS
          USS SIMPSON (FFG 56) 14 AUG 2015 FMS
          USS KAUFFMAN (FFG 59) 21 SEP 2015 FMS

          • Secundius

            @ Curtis Conway.

            The problem in the FFG-50, USS. Taylor, is. That the Romanian Government took possession of her on the 28 of April, that’s according to (pkrl. zeeri. info) in Constanta, Romania…

  • Secundius

    Mexico:
    the FFG-38, Curts
    the FFG-41, McClusky.

    Pakistan:
    the FFG-8, McInerney.

    Poland:
    the FFG-11, Clark.

    Romania:
    the FFG-50, Taylor.

    Taiwan:
    Was to receive FFG-50, Taylor.
    the FFG-51, Gary.
    the FFG-52, Carr.
    the FFG-55, Elrod.

    All others are still pending…

    • James

      As long as the Pakistanis don’t ram it into the dock again.

      • Secundius

        @ James.

        I suspect what happen, was somebody forgot about the Retractable Electric “Trolling” Motor under the Hull, just Forward Amidships. And it Steered the Ship directly into the Peer…

  • Secundius

    Just in case anybody is interested, according to AW&ST. The USMC is going to be Supplementing the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arms on the QE and PW class Medium Aircraft Carriers. Final Disposition has yet to be work out, but it might be from 1/3 to 1/2 Air Wing Complement of (36) F/A-35B’s (BK.1’s). Osprey’s WILL NOT BE in the Mix.

    And if you wondering why I choose this “Site”, over any of the other’s. Most of the Key Player’s are HERE (You Guy’s and Lady). And you can “Melt” the conversation just as well as me…

  • disqus_zommBwspv9

    @Secundis. Have you look at the British Type 26 frigate design ? Or the South Korean navy Inchoen (yes spell with an e) class frigate. Spain’s new frigate is nice too. I tend to favor the British design which should do well in the Atlantic

    • Secundius

      @ Sailboater.

      It’s a Two-Fold Relief and Problem. The “Jones” Act of 1920, Prevents the US. Government and US. Navy from buying Directly from outside Sources. Which Eliminates both Spain and South Korea as Potential Sellers. But BEa is a Direct Military Contractor to the US. Military, so the Type 26 can be Bought. Plus another NULLIFIER to the “Jones” Act in the BEa Favor, is the Lend Lease Act of 11 March 1941, which expires in 11 March 2040. ALLOW’s the USA and UK, and ALL British Commonwealth Nations of the TIME to Interact with Each Other. In ALL Area’s from Repair, Purchases and Basing Rights. Pakistan, was Never a Commonwealth Country at the Time of the Act signing, so they don’t Apply. But, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Ireland and so on, DO. As long as they are willing to STILL honor the Act…

      • disqus_zommBwspv9

        Thanks I have copy and paste it and forward it on to my senators and congressmen Except my congressman is a Obama bootlicker

        • Secundius

          @ Sailboater.

          The BIGGEST Challenge your going to have, is NOT the part of Congress that want’s to FUND the Military. But the part that want’s to DEFUND the Military…

  • Rick Elkin

    It’s a sad day to see the Last Perry Class Frigate decommission…They were a highly capable class and served this nation well for many years. The replacement, the LCS will not be able to hold a candle to the Perry’s and I hope the Navy is able to find the money to properly replace these hulls to serve in the fleet and as major components of the carrier Battle Groups and the Amphibious Ready Group…A job I fear the LCS will not be able to fulfill.

  • One thing we can be firly certain of, it will be lightly armed – a USN tradition.

  • B. Lewis

    Wouldn’t mind bidding on that. Should have put it on eBay. Could make a great basketball court on that flight deck.