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USS Richard L. Page (DEG 5)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - N - G
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Lakeland"


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row: Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 1 star - Navy Battle E Ribbon (2) - Navy Expeditionary Medal
Third Row: National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon


"Fit To Fight"
Specifications:
Class: Brooke
Type: SCB No. 199B / 1962 - 1963
Number in Class: 6
Displacement: 2,620 tons (std), 3,400 tons (full)
Length: 390' 0" (wl), 414' 6" (oa)
Beam: 44' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 24' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Foster Wheeler 1200-psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 4,000 nm @ 20 knots
Complement: 17 / 219
Missiles: 1 single arm Mk22 Mod 0 launcher for Tartar / Standard-MR SAMs (16)
Guns: 1 - 5"/38 Mk30 Gun (1x1) (350 rounds)
ASW Weapons: 1 Mk16 ASROC launcher (1x8) (16 missiles), 6 - 12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes (2x3) / Mk 46 torpedos (18)
Radars: AN/SPS-10F (surface), AN/SPS-52 (3-D air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-26AX
Fire Control Systems: 1 - Mk56 Mod 43 Gun FCS, 1 - Mk74 Mod 2/6 missile FCS, 1 - AN/SPG-51C missile radar, 1 - Mk114 Mod 10/13 ASW FCS
Helicopter: 1 - SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter
Richard L. Page (DEG 5) Building and Operational Data:
  • 24 May 1963: Building contract awarded to the Bath Iron Works Corp.
  • 04 January 1965: Keel laid at the Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Maine
  • 04 April 1966: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss Edmonia Lee Whittle and Mrs. Nannie Page Trinker, granddaughters of Brigadier General Page
  • 05 August 1967: Commissioned at the Boston Naval Shipyard, Cdr Milton J. Schultz, Jr., in command; assigned to CortRon 6 at Newport, R.I.
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FFG 5)
  • 30 September 1988: Decommissioned after 21.2 years of service
  • 31 March 1989: Leased to Pakistan, renamed PNS Tabuk (D-163)
  • 12 January 1994: Struck from the NVR
  • 29 March 1994: Returned to US Navy at Singapore, sold to Trusha Investments Pte. Ltd. c/o Jacques Pierot, Jr. & Sons Inc., New York City, N.Y. for $626,850.00
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    R.L. Page 9k Richard Lucian Page was born in Clarke County, Va. on 20 December 1807 and entered the U.S. Navy as a midshipman in 1824. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1834; and to commander in 1855. Sea duty, included assignments as executive officer and commanding officer of Independence during the Mexican War, commanding officer of the brigPerry on the African Station 1852-54, and commanding officer of the sloop-of-war Germantown on the East Indies Station 1857-60. He also served three tours of duty ashore as an ordnance officer and one tour as executive officer at the Norfolk Navy Yard. With the secession of Virginia, Page, then assigned to the Norfolk Navy Yard, resigned from the U.S. Navy and, after joining the staff of Governor Letcher of Virginia, began organizing a State navy and constructing fortifications along rivers of the Tidewater area. Commissioned Commander in the Confederate Navy in 1861, he served as ordnance officer at the Norfolk Navy Yard and at Charlotte, N.C. In 1864 he was commissioned Brigadier-General in the Confederate Army and placed in charge of the outer defenses of Mobile Bay. There, he defended Fort Morgan until that fort fell to Union forces under Farragut and Granger on 23 August 1864. Page, a prisoner for the remainder of the Civil War, returned to Norfolk after his release and, from 1875 to 1883, served as superintendent of public schools. Brigadier General Page died at Blueridge Summit, Pa., on 9 August 1901.

    USS Richard L. Page (DEG 5) was the first ship named in his honor.
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    R. L. Page 326k 11 October 1968: Rapallo, Italy - USS Richard L. Page (FFG 5), in company with USS Gainard (DD 706), anchored offshore at Rapallo, just south of Genoa, Italy Carlo Martinelli
    R. L. Page 329k
    R. L. Page 43k August 1970 Robert Hurst
    R. L. Page 108k An undated postcard view of Richard L. Page as DEG 5.    (Postcard #43368-C © Arnold Art Store, Newport, R.I.; shown at 150% of original size)

    Caption reads: U.S.S. Richard L. Page Named after Brigadier General Richard L. Page, CSA, who served in the United States, Confederate States, and Virginia States Navy, finally attaining his highest rank in the Confederate States Army. U.S.S. Richard L. Page commissioned at Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston, Mass. on 5 August 1967, is the fourth Guided Missile Destroyer Escort. She is armed with some of the most sophisticated weapons systems in the world.
    Mike Smolinski
    R. L. Page 85k An undated postcard view of Richard L. Page as FFG 5.    (Postcard #P3018 © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, Va.; shown at 150% of original size)

    Caption reads: U.S.S. Richard L. Page (FFG-5) "Guided Missile Frigate" Built by Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Maine, and commissioned 5 August 1967.
    R. L. Page 95k 06 October 1974: The Eastern Mediterranean, Kithira Strait - USS Richard L. Page, photographed by Eugene, as she passes the Soviet Kashin class DDG Krasny Krim. Eugene Ivkin
    R. L. Page 839k 06 July 1976: At sea, off Hampton Roads, Va. - Aerial starboard bow view of the Brooke class guided missile frigate USS Richard L. Page (FFG 5) underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04113 by PH3 Barber from the Defense Visual Information Center) Navsource
    R. L. Page 189k 06 July 1976: At sea, off Hampton Roads, Va. - Aerial port quarter view of Richard L. Page underway. (US Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04114 by PH3 Barber from the DVIC)
    R. L. Page 234k 06 July 1976: At sea, off Hampton Roads, Va. - Aerial starboard quarter view of Richard L. Page underway. (US Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04115 by PH3 Barber from the DVIC)
    R. L. Page 226k 06 July 1976: At sea, off Hampton Roads, Va. - Aerial port beam view of Richard L. Page underway. (US Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04116 by PH3 Barber from the DVIC)
    R. L. Page 151k 06 July 1976: At sea, off Hampton Roads, Va. - Aerial starboard beam view of Richard L. Page underway. (US Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04117 by PH3 Barber from the DVIC)
    R. L. Page 167k 06 July 1976: At sea, off Hampton Roads, Va. - Aerial starboard quarter view of Richard L. Page underway. (US Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04118 by PH3 Barber from the DVIC)
    R. L. Page 245k 06 July 1976: At sea, off Hampton Roads, Va. - Aerial port quarter view of Richard L. Page underway. (US Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04119 by PH3 Barber from the DVIC)
    R. L. Page 224k 06 July 1976: At sea, off Hampton Roads, Va. - Aerial port bow view of Richard L. Page underway. (US Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04120 by PH3 Barber from the DVIC)
    R. L. Page 233k 21 August 1968: Virginia Capes Oparea - Photo taken during sea trials with USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). Robert A. Adams
    STG1 (USNR-ret).
    R. L. Page 76k July 1974: in the harbor at Athens, Greece - USS Barry (DD 933), USS Sampson (DDG 10) and Richard L. Page. (U.S. Navy Photograph #NH98053 from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command) Fred Weiss
    R. L. Page 153k 07 March 1979: Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti - Richard L. Page tied up alongside USS Davis (DD 937). (Photo © Karsten Peterson, Karsten is a retired merchant seaman with an excellent website called Sailor, On the Blue Path of the World) Robert Hurst
    R. L. Page 225k date / location unknown, note Blue Nose and Gold Anchor Ed Zajkowski

    Memorabilia
    Welcome Aboard
    Pamphlet 1983
    R. L. Page
    Courtesy of
    Robert M. Cieri
    Change of
    Command Program
    R. L. Page
    Courtesy of
    Robert M. Cieri

    Richard L. Page History
    View the USS Richard L. Page (DEG 5) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Richard L. Page's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  05 Aug. 1967 / 21 Mar. 1969Cmdr. Milton John Schultz, Jr. (Salina, Kan.) (ret. as Vadm.)
    2.)  21 Mar. 1969 / 21 Mar. 1970Cmdr. George Wilmot Davis, Jr. (ret. as Vadm.)
    3.)  21 Mar. 1970 / 01 Jul. 1971Cmdr. Leo Anthony Hibson, Jr. (West Haven, Conn.)
    4.)  01 Jul. 1971 / 12 Jan. 1973Cmdr. John James Kingston
    5.)  12 Jan. 1973 / 14 Mar. 1975Cmdr. John Willoughby Stouffer II
    6.)  14 Mar. 1975 / 15 Jul. 1977Cmdr. Alvar R. Gomez (Brooklyn, N.Y.) (ret. as Radm.)
    7.)  15 Jul. 1977 / 01 Feb. 1980Cmdr. Jerry Morgan Blesch (Fort Thomas, Ky.)
    8.)  01 Feb. 1980 / 29 Mar. 1982Cmdr. Peter Leverich McCammon
    9.)  29 Mar. 1982 / 23 Mar. 1984Cmdr. John R. Rhode (St. Louis, Mo.)
    10.) 23 Mar. 1984 / 24 May 1986Cmdr. William Josiah Neville, Jr.
    11.) 24 May 1986 / 09 Jun. 1988Cmdr. Terry Lee Glover (Jacksonville, Tex.)
    12.) 09 Jun. 1988 / 30 Sep. 1988Cmdr. Keith Paul Curtis

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Last Known Reunion:
    26 September 2013 at Albany, N.Y.

    Contact: Carl W. Slack
    Address: PO Box 83, Jackson NH 03846-0083
    Phone: (603) 986-4661
    E-mail: pagedegffg5 at yahoo.com

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    Additional Resources

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    The Destroyer History Foundation
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    USS Richard L. Page's Page on Military.Com
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