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USS Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG 7)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - O - H - P
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon
Second Row: National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon w/ 1 star


"Gallant Leader"
Specifications:
Class: Oliver Hazard Perry (Short Hull, As Built)
Type: SCB No. 201 / 1973 - 1978
Number in Class: 25 (7, 9 - 34) / 26
Displacement: 3109 tons (std), 3993 tons (full)
Length: 408' (wl), 445' (oa)
Beam: 45.4' (extreme)
Draft: 24' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 GE LM 2500 gas turbine engines; 41,000 shp; 1 shaft, cp propeller, 325 hp retractable propeller pods
Speed: 29 kts
Range: 4,500 nm @ 20 knots, 5400 nm @ 16 knots
Complement: 13 / 206 (includes 19 man air detachment)
Missiles: 1-Mk 13 Mod 4 launcher, 4-SSM McDonnell-Douglas Harpoon missiles, 36-GDC-Pomona Standard SM-1MR missiles
Guns: 1 OTO Melara Mk 75 3"/62 cal., 1 Vulcan Phalanx CIS, 4-.50 cal. MGs
ASW Weapons: 6-324mm Mk 32 (2 triple) tubes / Mk 46 torpedoes
Radars: AN/SPS-55 (surface), AN/SPS-49(V)214 (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-56, AN/SQR-19 TACTAS (Towed Array)
Elec. Warfare: SLQ-25 Nixie System, SLQ-32(V)2 Electronic Countermeasures System
Fire Control Systems: 1 Mk13 Weapon-Direction System, 1 Mk92 weapons FCS, 1 modified SPG-60 STIR radar (Separate Target Illumination Radar)
Helicopter: 1 - SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter
Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG 7) Building and Operational Data:
  • 30 October 1973: Building contract awarded to the Bath Iron Works Corp.
  • 12 June 1975: Keel laid by the the Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Me.
  • 25 September 1976: Launched and christened
  • 17 December 1977: Commissioned at Bath, Me.
  • 31 May 1984: Assigned to Naval Reserve Force at Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 20 February 1997: Decommissioned at Mayport, Fla. after 19.2 years of service
  • 03 May 1999: Struck from the NVR
  • 09 September 2005: Contract for scrapping ($2,503,814) awarded to Metro Machine Corp. of Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 21 April 2006: Scrapping completed
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    Oliver Hazard Perry 86k Artist's conception of Oliver Hazard Perry by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett, with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company, Navy Yard Associates, offers prints of most destroyers, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. ALL the guided missile frigates ARE available. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. When you purchase artwork from them, please indicate that you heard about their work from Navsource. Navy Yard Associates
    Oliver Hazard Perry 94k Oliver Hazard Perry (20 August 1785 - 23 August 1819) was born at Rocky Point, South Kingston RI and was appointed Midshipman 7 April 1799, serving in revenue cutter General Green during the Naval War with France. He fought in frigates Adam and Constellation during the Barbary Wars. In the War of 1812, Perry constructed and commanded a fleet of American warships on Lake Erie. When his flagship Lawrence was shattered and sinking in the Battle of Lake Erie, Perry fired her last effective gun, took his battle flag, and rowed across shot-splashed waters to Niagara where he fought on to victory, and reported, "We have met the enemy and they are ours..." The victory gave the United States control of Lake Erie and enabled Perry and General Harrison to take a large part of Canadian territory which helped American Commissioners at Ghent to negotiate a treaty favorable to the United States. When peace was restored, Perry commanded frigate Java in the Mediterranean. In May 1819 he went to Venezuela to seek help in protecting American ships off the northern coast of South America, waters then plagued by pirates. After sailing to the Spanish Main in John Adams, he ascended the Orinoco River in Nonsuch. At Angostura, Perry succeeded in negotiating a favorable treaty, but contracted fever and died 23 August 1819.

    USS Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG 7) (1977 - 1997) was the third ship named in his honor, following DD 340 (1922 - 1944) and DD 844 (1946 - 1973).
    Bill Gonyo
    Oliver Hazard Perry 74k undated photo, probably taken during pre-commissioning shock testing Robert Hurst
    Oliver Hazard Perry 104k 1976: Official Bath Iron Works Corp. photo, Sea Trials -
    Oliver Hazard Perry 71k December 1977: Class leader, shown as newly completed
    Oliver Hazard Perry 67k The boxlike superstructure appearance is mainly from the late design decision to add a second LAMPS helicopter, which required a wider hanger. Conceived as AAW escorts, their capacity to carry two LAMPS helicopters and the fact that they are fitted with a towed-array sonar, makes them a formidable ASW combatant.
    Oliver Hazard Perry 187k date / location unknown: A Navy Sikorsky SH-60B Seahawk helicopter mock-up with main rotor blades and tail rotor folded sits on the deck of the USS Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG 7). Crewmen stand by to move the mock-up into the ship's hanger to check clearance measurements. (U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.2011.003.332.032 Mike Green
    Oliver Hazard Perry 55k date / location unknown Robert Hurst
    Oliver Hazard Perry 56k date / location unknown
    Oliver Hazard Perry 74k An undated postcard view of Oliver Hazard Perry.     (Postcard #P3337 © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, Va.; shown at 135% of original size)

    Caption reads: "U.S.S. Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG-7) This Guided Missile Frigate is the first of a new class of ocean escort ships of the United States Navy. Built by Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Maine, and placed in commission on 17 December 1977."
    Mike Smolinski
    Oliver Hazard Perry 73k An undated postcard view of Oliver Hazard Perry.     (Postcard #P64810 © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, Va.; shown at 135% of original size)

    Caption reads: "U.S.S. Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG-7) This Guided Missile Frigate is the first of a new class of ocean escort ships of the United States Navy. Built by Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Maine, and placed in commission on 17 December 1977."
    Oliver Hazard Perry 159k 24 August 1979: A starboard bow view of the guided missile frigate Oliver Hazard Perry underway during a Great Lakes cruise. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-9105246 by PHC Francavillo from the Defense Visual Information Center) Navsource
    Oliver Hazard Perry 71k 29 November 1981: Barcelona, Spain - Phalanx CIWS has not yet been fitted. Fabio Peņa
    Oliver Hazard Perry 123k undated photo (From The War Machine, Vol 11) Robert Hurst
    Oliver Hazard Perry 158k 1 July 1982: A port bow view of three guided missile frigates: USS Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG 7), USS Antrim (FFG 20) and USS Jack Williams (FFG 24) underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-82-09444 from the DVIC) Navsource
    Oliver Hazard Perry 148k 25 August 1993: A starboard bow view of the USNS Hiddensee (185NS9201) moored at the Naval Sea Systems Command facility at Solomons Annex. The Soviet-built Tarantul I class missile corvette was acquired from the Federal German navy in November 1991, and is currently undergoing testing and evaluation by the U.S. Navy. The guided missile frigate Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG 7) is moored behind Hiddensee and two Coast Guard buoy tender target hulks are in the background. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-93-05846 by Don S. Montgomery from the DVIC)
    Oliver Hazard Perry 143k 29 May 1993: Naval Station Norfolk, Va. - A port bow view of the destroyer USS Stump (DD 978) and the guided missile frigate Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG 7) moored to the destroyer and submarine piers at Norfolk Naval Base. All but one of the ships in the photo are painted in the gray paint scheme with shaded hull numbers and gray masts. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-93-05278 by Don S. Montgomery from the DVIC)
    Oliver Hazard Perry 135k 7 May 1994: Sailors aboard the destroyer USS Hayler (DD 997) ready the chair for a high-line transfer demonstration between the Hayler and the guided missile frigate Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG 7) during exercise BALTOPS 94. Captain Edward E. Hunter, Commander Destroyer Squadron 14 is being transferred across to the frigate. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-95-00150 by JOC Michael Gallagher from the DVIC)
    Oliver Hazard Perry 139k 7 June 1994: Officers hats from many nations lay piled on a table on the flight deck of the destroyer USS Hayler (DD 997). Officers from 15 nations attended a reception on board the ship which was hosted by Commander, Destroyer Squadron 14 during a break from at sea activities for a port visit as part of exercise Baltic Operation '94 (BALTOPS 94). Ships in the background are the guided missile frigate Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG 7), the Russian guided missile frigate Neustrashimyy, and the German destroyers Molders (D-186) and Luetjens (D-185). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-95-00175 by JOC Michael Gallagher from the DVIC)
    Oliver Hazard Perry 160k 18 December 1995: Naval Station Mayport, Fla. - The guided missile frigate Samuel E. Morison (FFG 13) moors to a pier. FC2 Steve Loitsch throws a "monkey fist" to EW3 Lloyd Reeves. The guided missile frigates Oliver Hazard Perry and Stark (FFG 31) are in the background. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-96-00855 by PH2 Antonio Borges from the DVIC)
    Oliver Hazard Perry 104k 27 July 1996: Milwaukee, Wis. - The U.S. Navy's Recruit Drill Team from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois, perform under the shadow of the U.S. Navy frigate USS Oliver Hazard Perry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The drill team performed for the people of Milwaukee while Perry opened its brows for guided tours of the ship. Over 3,000 people visited the ship during its seven-day stay. Perry was participating in the 1996 Great Lakes Cruise sponsored by Navy Recruiting Command. (U.S. Navy photo #960727-N-8492C-002, DVID #DN-SD-02-00588 by PH1 Todd Cichonowicz from the DVIC)
    Oliver Hazard Perry 160k 27 July 1996: Milwaukee, Wis. - U.S. Navy recruits receive a short guided tour from a crew member assigned to the USS Oliver Hazard Perry during a break between drill team performances. The Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes Drill Team performed for the people of Milwaukee while they waited to board Perry for guided tours. (U.S. Navy photo #960727-N-8492C-007, DVID #DN-SD-02-00590 by PH1 Todd Cichonowicz from the DVIC)
    Oliver Hazard Perry 115k 2006: Philadelphia, Pa. - a photo of Barney (DDG 6) being scrapped. At the rear right is the Oliver Hazard Perry without her superstructure. (from the USS Barney website) Charles Cawood

    Oliver Hazard Perry Memorabilia
    Welcome Aboard
    Pamphlet
    O.H. Perry
    Courtesy of
    Manuel Garcia Garcia
    Window Decal

    O.H. Perry
    Courtesy of
    Wolfgang Hechler
    Window Decal

    O.H. Perry
    Courtesy of
    Wolfgang Hechler
    1987 Great Lakes
    Cruise Patch
    O.H. Perry
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    USS Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG 7) History
    Note: History is unavailable at this time
    This class of ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project
    Oliver Hazard Perry's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Number, Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  17 Dec. 1977 - 19 Dec. 1979Cmdr. Steven James Duich (Aliquippa, Pa.)
    2.)  19 Dec. 1979 - 28 Oct. 1981Cmdr. Howard Sanford Stoddard
    3.)  28 Oct. 1981 - 20 Jan. 1984Cmdr. Richard F. Beal
    4.)  20 Jan. 1984 - 21 Mar. 1986Cmdr. John F. Brunelli (later Radm.)
    5.)  21 Mar. 1986 - 10 Jun. 1988Cmdr. Roger S. Cooper
    6.)  10 Jun. 1988 - 05 Jul. 1990Cmdr. Terry Dean Schechinger
    7.)  05 Jul. 1990- 22 Jul. 1992Cmdr. Richard Patrick Lee
    8.)  22 Jul. 1992 - 12 Apr. 1994Cmdr. Robert Alan Bullock
    9.)  12 Apr. 1994 - 24 Feb. 1996Cmdr. Ricky Lowell Carper
    10.) 24 Feb. 1996 - 20 Dec. 1997Cmdr. Robert Francis Holman

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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