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USS Clark (FFG 11)


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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




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


"Determined Warrior"
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
Clark (FFG 11) Building and Operational Data:
  • 27 February 1976: Building contract awarded to
  • 17 July 1978: Keel laid by the Bath Iron Works, Bath, Me.
  • 24 March 1979: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Olga Clark, widow of Admiral Clark
  • 09 May 1980: Commissioned, Cmdr. William E. Kelley, USN
  • 30 September 1985: Assigned to Naval Reserve Force at Philadelphia,
  • 15 November 1999: Placed in "Reduced Operating Status" pending transfer to Poland
  • 15 March 2000: Decommissioned after 19.8 years of service; Struck from the NVR; Sold to Poland, renamed ORP General Kazimierz Pulaski (272)
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    Clark 86k Artist's conception of Clark 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
    Clark 15k Joseph James Clark was born on 12 November 1893 in Chelsea, Oklahoma. Being of Cherokee heritage, he was the first Native American to graduate from the United States Naval Academy, where he picked up the nickname "Jocko", in 1918. At the outset of World War II, Clark had command of an an escort carrier, USS Suwanee (CVL 27) in the Atlantic until he was detailed to run the new carrier Yorktown (CV 10). The Yorktown became flagship of Admiral Pownall during the 1943 carrier raids, and Clark and his operations officer Jimmy Flatley had opportunities to draw up fleet-wide attack plans. In 1944 he was promoted to Rear Admiral and given a task group of Task Force 58, which he commanded in the Marianas campaign, including the Battle of the Philippine Sea. His flagship was the Hornet (CV 12). On the second day of the battle, with his planes returning after sundown, Clark ordered his ships to turn their landing lights on, allowing most planes to land safely.

    During the Korean War, Clark commanded the Fast Carrier Task Force (TF 77), and later, as Vice Admiral, the entire 7th Fleet.

    Clark retired on 1 December 1953 with the rank of full Admiral. His awards included the Navy Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Navy Commendation Medal and the Korean Order of Military Merit. Admiral Clark died on 13 July 1971 at St. Albans, New York. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

    USS Clark (FFG 11) (1980-2000) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
    Bill Gonyo
    Clark 223k 24 March 1979: Bath, Me.- A port bow view of the guided missile frigate Clark (FFG 11) on the ways during its launching ceremony at Bath Iron Works. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-11605 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the Defense Visual Information Center) Navsource
    Clark 230k 24 March 1979: Bath, Me.- A view of distinguished guests attending the launching ceremony for the guided missile frigate Clark (FFG 11) at Bath Iron Works. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-11609 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Clark 172k 24 March 1979: Bath, Me.- The guided missile frigate Clark (FFG 11) is christened during its launching ceremony at Bath Iron Works. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-11608 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Clark 228k 24 March 1979: Bath, Me.- A port bow view of the guided missile frigate Clark (FFG 11) sliding down the ways during its launching ceremony at Bath Iron Works. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-11607 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Clark 161k 10 June 1979: Bath, Me. - A port bow view of the guided missile frigate Clark (FFG 11) under construction. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-02688 by Bath Ironworks from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Clark 186k 19 February 1980: At sea - Aerial stern view of the Clark underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-10706 by Bath Ironworks from the DVIC)
    Clark 154k 19 February 1980: At sea - Aerial port bow view of the Clark underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-10705 by Bath Ironworks from the DVIC)
    Clark 135k 10 February 1981: Bath, Me. - An elevated bow view of the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate USS Gallery (FFG 26), left, at 70 percent completion. Moored to the left, under construction, is the guided missile frigate USS Jack Williams (FFG 24) and to the right, the Clark. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04581 by Bath Ironworks from the DVIC)
    Clark 142k 10 February 1981: Bath, Me. - A stern view of the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate USS Gallery (FFG 26), right, at 70 percent completion. Moored to the right, under construction, is the guided missile frigate USS Jack Williams (FFG 24) and to the left, the Clark. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04582 by Bath Ironworks from the DVIC)
    Clark 138k 10 February 1981: Bath, Me. - Elevated bow view of the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate USS Jack Williams (FFG 24), center, at 80 percent completion. On the left is the USS Gallery (FFG 26). The Clark is on the right and in the background is the USS Flatley (FFG21). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04497 by Bath Ironworks from the DVIC)
    Clark 128k 10 February 1981: Bath, Me. - Elevated stern view of the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate USS Jack Williams (FFG 24), center, at 80 percent completion. On the right is the USS Gallery (FFG 26) and the Clark is on the left. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04498 by Bath Ironworks, from the DVIC)
    Clark 128k 1 October 1981: At sea - A starboard bow view of the Clark underway. The ship is returning to her home port of Mayport, Fla., following a three-week Caribbean cruise. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-82-01152 from the DVIC)
    Clark 64k 15 May 1982: Barcelona, Spain - Taken during a Med deployment, prior to installation of Phalanx. Fabio Peņa
    Clark 93k 14 October 1986: At sea - A silhouetted port beam view of the Clark underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-04533 by William F. Starr from the DVIC) Navsource
    Clark 146k 30 September 1987: Philadelphia PA - Photo of Clark at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, while serving as a Naval Reserve training ship. (Photo by Ed Zajkowski) Ed Zajkowski
    Clark 376k 28 April 1989: At sea - A starboard beam view of the Clark, part of the battle group accompanying the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CV 59), as it steams for New York City to participate in Fleet Week '89. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-09244 by PHCM Dittmar from the DVIC) Navsource
    Clark 193k 29 April 1989: New York Harbor - The Clark and other US Navy ships pass the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CV 59) as the vessels arrive for Navy Fleet Week activities. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-09360 by PHC Ed Bailey from the DVIC)
    Clark 126k 4 May 1989: New York City, N.Y. - The guided missile destroyer USS MacDonough (DDG 39), left, and the Clark lie tied up together at the Manhattan Passenger Terminal during Fleet Week. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-90-09496 by JO2 John Leone from the DVIC)
    Clark 99k 1 February 1990: At sea - An SH-2F Seasprite helicopter of Light Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 94 (HSL-94) is serviced on the helicopter deck of the Clark. The two craft have been deployed from Naval Reserve units for use under Coast Guard command in drug-smuggling interdiction efforts. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-05638 by JOC Rich Beth, USNR-R, from the DVIC)
    Clark 99k 1 February 1990: At sea - An SH-2F Seasprite helicopter of Light Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 94 (HSL-94) is washed on the helicopter deck of the Clark. The two craft have been deployed from Naval Reserve units for use under Coast Guard command in drug-smuggling interdiction efforts. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-05634 by JOC Rich Beth, USNR-R, from the DVIC)
    Clark 202k 3 October 1990: At sea - Members of Helicopter Light Anti-submarine Squadron 94 (HSL 94) pose for a group photograph beside an SH-2F Seasprite helicopter aboard the Clark. The men are taking part in a drug interdiction operation. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-91-00200 by JOC Rich Beth, USNR-R, from the DVIC)
    Clark 89k 1992: Philadelphia, Pa. - Taken on Family Day at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Richard Smith
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    ***Elmer Montgomery / Clark*** 122k October / November 1992: Canadian Fleet Ops. - USS Elmer Montgomery (FF 1082) on left, HMCS Preserver (510) is in the center, USS Clark (FFG 11) to the right. Craig Vance
    Captain, USN
    Clark 110k 1 April 1993: Naval Station Mayport, Fla. - The large harbor tug Shabonee (YTB-833) assists the guided missile frigate Clark into port. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-93-03763 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC) Navsource
    Clark 158k 22 October 1994: Port Everglades, Fla. - A starboard bow view of the Naval Reserve Force guided missile frigate USS Clark (FFG 11) tied up at the municipal pier during a port visit. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-96-00048 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    Clark 126k 14 July 1995: at Zeebrugge, for Belgian Navy Day 1995 (Photo & Collection, Paolo Marsan, Bray Dunes, France) Paolo Marsan
    Clark 324k 27 October 1997: Den Helder Naval Base, the Netherlands - Local citizens line up to visit Clark, as she holds "Open House" while celebrating Navy Day in the Netherlands. Pieter Bakels
    Clark 170k 27 October 1997: Den Helder Naval Base, the Netherlands - Clark holds "Open House" for local visitors while celebrating Navy Day in the Netherlands.
    Clark 37k Clark underway, date / location unknown Robert Hurst
    Clark 123k 15 March 2000: Norfolk, Va. - The U.S. crew departs and a Polish sailor stands ready to hoist his nation's flag as USS Clark (FFG 11) is decommissioned and transferred to the Polish navy after 20 years of service in the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. The ship will become the second-largest in the Polish navy. (U.S. Navy photo #000315-N-5830P-501 by Christopher Pastol) Fabio Peņa
    Clark 65k 21 June 2004: Faslane, Scotland - Gen. Kazimierz Pulaski departing Faslane Naval Base. Robert Hurst
    Clark 96k late 2005: Faslane, Scotland - Gen. Kazimierz Pulaski approaching Faslane Naval Base.
    Clark 127k 19 February 2006 - Polish Navy Perry class frigate ORP Gen. Kazimierz Pulaski (272), ex-USS Clark (FFG 11) at Malta together with other NATO warships. Anthony Vella
    Senglea, Malta
    Clark 65k April 2006: Gen. Kazimierz Pulaski on the river Scheldt, entering the port of Antwerp as part of the StaNavForLant group visiting until 18 April. Flor Van Otterdyk,
    Antwerp, Belgium
    ***Simpson / Clark*** 96k 14 April 2006: the Polish frigate General Kazimierz Pulaski moored next to USS Simpson in Antwerp on this very windy and rainy Good Friday.
    Clark 519k 03 June 2012: Gdynia, Poland - Two photos of Poland's Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates, ORP Gen. Kazimierz Pulaski (272) and ORP General Thadeuz Kosciusko (273) tied up at Gdynia on a beautiful summer Sunday. Lucas "U-kasz" Blaszczak
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    USS Clark FFG 11 History
    Note: History is unavailable at this time
    This class of ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

    Clark's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Number, Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  17 May 1980 - 06 Aug. 1982Cmdr. William E. Kelley
    2.)  06 Aug. 1982 - 30 Oct. 1984Cmdr. Richard David Williams III (later Radm.)
    3.)  30 Oct. 1984 - 16 Jan. 1987Cmdr. Arthur Victor Schultz Jr.
    4.)  16 Jan. 1987 - 27 Mar. 1989Cmdr. William J. Donnelly
    5.)  27 Mar. 1989 - 04 Mar. 1991Cmdr. Victor Howard Ackley
    6.)  04 Mar. 1991 - 24 Mar. 1993Cmdr. Thomas F. Hartrick
    7.)  24 Mar. 1993 - 15 Sep. 1994Cmdr. John Edward Odegaard
    8.)  15 Sep. 1994 - 04 Dec. 1995Cmdr. Bruce J. Cuppett
    9.)  04 Dec. 1995 - 07 Jun. 1996Cmdr. Scott Lee Jones
    10.)  07 Jun. 1996 - 17 Jul. 1997Cmdr. Christopher Charles Cain
    11.)  17 Jul. 1997 - 15 Mar. 2000Cmdr. Albert Francis Lord Jr.

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