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Ship's patch from Mike Smolinski

USS Sides (FFG 14)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - J - H - S
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 (4) - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star
Second Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - GWOT Expeditionary Service Medal - Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 3 stars


"Savvy"
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 Seasprite LAMPS Helicopter
Sides (FFG 14) Building and Operational Data:
  • 27 February 1976: Building contract awarded to Todd Shipyard Corp.
  • 07 August 1978: Keel laid by the Todd Shipyard Corp., Los Angeles Division, San Pedro, Cal.
  • 19 May 1979: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Joanne Sides Watson, Adm. Sides' daughter
  • 30 May 1981: Commissioned, Cmdr. Vance E. Aeschleman in command, assigned to Destroyer Squadron 1 at San Diego, Cal.
  • 1985: Homeport changed to Long Beach, Cal.
  • 16 August 1986: Assigned to Naval Reserve Force at Long Beach, Cal.,
  • 1991: Homeport changed to San Diego, Cal.
  • 15 February 2003: Ceremonially decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 21.7 years of service
  • 28 February 2003: Formally decommissioned
  • 24 May 2004: Struck from the NVR
  • 15 December 2015: Contract awarded to Southern Recycling LLC, New Orleans, La. for vessel demilitarization, dismantling, and recycling
  • 15 June 2015: Arrived under tow by tug Allison Crosby at Southern Recycling, Sulphur, La.

    "Sides, The Ship"    -    "Sides, The People"

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    Sides 86k Artist's conception of Sides 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
    Sides 51k John H. Sides, a native of Roslyn, Washington, received his commission from the U.S. Naval Academy with the class of 1925. His early sea tours were served principally aboard battleships. While ashore he pursued development of his specialty - ordnance - First, in 1942, as Chief of Ammunition and explosive section of the Bureau of Ordnance; then in 1948 as Deputy to the Assistant Chief of Naval Operations for Guided Missiles; in 1951 in the Office of the Director of Guided Missiles, Office of the Secretary of Defense; and, most notably, in 1952, as Director of the Guided Missile Division, Office of the CNO, from which he director the Navy's Guided Missile Efforts for almost four years. Admiral Sides at sea commands include: Commander Mine Division Eight (1944), Commander Destroyer Squadron Forty-Seven (1945), USS Albany (1950), and Commander Cruiser Division Six (1956).

    On 31 August 1960, he was appointed Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and served in that capacity until 1963 at which time he retired from active duty. He passed away 3 April 1978.

    USS Sides (FFG 14) (1981-2003) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (left) Admiral John Sides and his wife, Virginia [Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet] at Essendon Airport, Victoria, Australia, in 1963. (photo ©The Herald and Weekly Times Limited, from Picture Australia)
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    Sides 200k 05 May 1981: at sea - A starboard beam view of the guided missile frigate USS Sides (FFG 14) underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-07302 by Bath Iron Works from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Sides 108k undated image -
    Sides 102k undated image Jerry Hays
    Sides 502k 01 July 1982: San Diego, Cal. - Port bow view of the docked Perry class guided missile frigate Sides. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-82-10495 by Norman Polmar from the DVIC) Navsource
    Sides 122k 1983: The Pacific Ocean - This photo page was taken during the first WestPac Cruise in 1983. All the crew members were given a copy of this photo and the cruise track chart. (Photo from the image library of the National War College, Photo description thanks to Ron Brux) Bill Gonyo
    Sides 404k 29 July 1985: The Pacific Ocean - An aerial starboard bow view of the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate Sides underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-09560, ARC ID #6392795 from the National Archives) Navsource
    Sides 360k 01 January 1987: The Pacific Ocean - An aerial port bow view of the guided missile frigate Sides underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-09152, ARC ID #6423425 from the National Archives)
    Sides 207k 01 March 1987: The Pacific Ocean - Crew members prepare for takeoff of a unit of Helicopter Light Anti-submarine Squadron 84 (HSL 84) SH-2F Sea Sprite from the helicopter pad of Sides. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-06734, ARC ID #6422883 from the National Archives)
    Sides 36k 1988: at Bahrain Ronald D. Lee, MA1, USN (ret.)
    Sides 335k 11 August 1989: The Pacific Ocean - A view taken from onboard the U.S. Navy Cyclone Class Coastal Defense Ship USS Hurricane (PC 3), shown as a trailing refueling line is being extended from the Oliver Hazard Perry class Guided Missile Frigate, USS Sides (FFG 14), as the two ships conduct replenishment at sea operations while underway in the Pacific Ocean while participating in a Coordination Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Exercise, while executing the first trans-Pacific cruise of a Patrol Forces boat. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SD-06-10446, ARC ID #6670231 by Lcdr. Mitchell N. Paul, USN from the National Archives) Robert Hurst
    Sides 235k 01 September 1989: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - The guided missile frigate USS Sides (FFG 14) heads into the channel as it arrives at Naval Station, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-04483 by OS2 John Bouvia from the Defense Visual Information Center) Navsource
    Sides 373k 19 September 1989: The Pacific Ocean - Sailors handling lines forward on board the guided missile frigate Sides during exercise PACEX '89. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-09752, ARC ID #6457366 by JO1 J. Lancaster from the National Archives)
    Sides 358k 19 September 1989: The Pacific Ocean - A signalman standing near one of the boats and the Separate Target Illumination Radar (STIR) on Sides takes a signal flag out of the frigate's flag bag during PACEX '89 . (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-09753 , ARC ID #6457367 by JO1 J. Lancaster from the National Archives)
    Sides 428k 19 September 1989: The Pacific Ocean - Sailors handling lines aft on board the guided missile frigate Sides during exercise PACEX '89. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-09754, ARC ID #6457368 by JO1 J. Lancaster from the National Archives)
    **Lang / Sides** 229k 01 October 1989: At sea - The guided missile frigate USS Sides (FFG 14), left, and Lang (FF 1060) maneuver during PacEx '89. Both ships are part of the Naval Reserve Force Pacific Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-05969 from the DVIC)
    Sides 245k 01 August 1992: Seattle, Wash. - A starboard view of the guided missile frigate Sides underway in Elliot Bay heading for SeaFair '92. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-92-10375 , ARC ID #6480754 by PH3 Mary Dale Amison from the National Archives)
    Sides 197k 11 August 1998: The Pacific Ocean - Port side view of Sides underway in the Pacific Ocean participating in a Coordination Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Exercise, and Naval Special Warfare support operations. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SD-06-10445, ARC ID #6670230 by Lcdr. Mitchell N. Paul from the National Archives)
    Sides 181k 30 March 2000: Stockton, Cal. - An article from the Stockton Record reads, NAVY BLUE GREETING: Brothers Matthew Ries-Knight, 2, and Allen Ries-Knight, 5, of Stockton greet the Navy's guided missile frigate USS Sides at the Port of Stockton Thursday. The boys came with their father to watch the ship come in. (Record photo by Michael McCollum) Bill Ries-Knight
    Sides 153k 12 June 2000: At sea of the coast of Japan - USS Mount Vernon (LSD 39) and Sides steam together during Exercise CARAT 2000. (U.S. Navy photo #000612-N-5961C-001 by PH1 Spike Call from Navy Newstand) Bill Gonyo
    Sides 231k 06 October 2002: San Francisco Bay - Sailors aboard Sides "man the rails," as the guided missile frigate sails under the Golden Gate Bridge and into San Francisco harbor for a scheduled three-day port visit in the area. (U.S. Navy photo #021006-N-8590B-001 by PHAN Andrew Betting from Navy Newstand)
    Sides 72k 08 October 2002: At sea - A Standard SM-1 missile is launched at ex-USS Towers (DDG 9) during a live-fire missile exercise held near San Diego. Using decommissioned ships for live-fire operations gives the ship's crew the experience of launching operational weapons and honing their war-fighting skills. Working with the state and environmentalists, the Navy sinks decommissioned ships in coastal waters to provide an artificial reef, thus promoting the growth of marine life and enhancing recreational fishing and sport diving opportunities. (U.S. Navy photo #021008-N-8590B-001 by PHAN Andrew Betting from Navy Newstand)
    Sides 74k 09 October 2002: the Pacific Ocean - The 76mm rapid-fire gun aboard Sides is fired at the destroyer Towers (DDG 9) during a live fire sinking exercise (SINKEX) conducted off the California coast. Using decommissioned ships for live-fire operations gives ships' crews the experience of launching operational weapons and honing their war-fighting skills. The decommissioned ships are first made environmentally safe prior to towing and sinking in safe waters off prospective coastlines. Ultimately, Towers will serve as a man-made reef for marine life in the area. (U.S. Navy photo #021009-N-8590B-003 by PHAN Andrew Betting, from Navy Newstand)
    ***George Philip / Sides*** 345k 11 July 2011: Bremerton, Wash. - The mothballed guided missile frigates Sides and George Philip (FFG 12) anchored in Sinclair Inlet, off the Kitsap Naval Base. This was shot from Mark's home in Port Orchard, Wash. Mark Nissen
    George Philip 120k July 2015: New Orleans, La. - A shot of ex-George Philip, ex-Sides and ex-Jarrett await scrapping while chained at the scrapping yard of EMR Southern Scrap near Lake Charles. Unfortunately, we can't tell which ship is which. Harley Bodden
    Sides Memorabilia
    Welcome Aboard Pamphlet Cover
    courtesy of Robert M. Cieri

    Sides
    Decommissioning Booklet
    courtesy of Robert M. Cieri

    Sides
    Ship's History - Page 9
    Ship's History - Page 10
    CO's and Awards - Page 14

    USS Sides FFG 14 History
    Note: History is unavailable at this time
    This class of ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

    Sides' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Robert Cieri, Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Number, Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  30 May 1981 - 05 Jul. 1983Cmdr. Vance E. Aeschleman Jr.
    2.)  05 Jul. 1983 - 25 Oct. 1985Cmdr. Eric Rodholm Ernst
    3.)  25 Oct. 1985 - 04 Jun. 1988Cmdr. Robert Leland Hattan
    4.)  04 Jun. 1988 - 15 Jul. 1990Cmdr. David R. Carlson
    5.)  15 Jul. 1990 - 11 Apr. 1992Cmdr. Jonathan B. Schmidt
    6.)  11 Apr. 1992 - 22 Jan. 1994Cmdr. Marc Thomas Stanley
    7.)  22 Jan. 1994 - 17 Nov. 1995 Cmdr. Barry Leon Morgan
    8.)  17 Nov. 1995 - 19 Apr. 1997Cmdr. Wayne Douglas Slaughter
    9.)  19 Apr. 1997 - 06 Nov. 1998Cmdr. Rickey Lynn Dubberly
    10.) 06 Nov. 1998 - 17 Jun. 2000Cmdr. Lothrop Starbuck Little (ret. as Radm.)
    11.) 17 Jun. 2000 - 08 Nov. 2001Cmdr. Andrew Joseph Turnley
    12.) 08 Nov. 2001 - 28 Feb. 2003Cmdr. Octavio Enrique Manduley

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