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|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 on 03 April 1978.
USS Sides (FFG 14) (1981-2003) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(U.S. Navy National Archives photo #80-G-1028077 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|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)
|102k||undated image||Jerry Hays|
|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)
|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)
|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
|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
|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
|36k||1988: at Bahrain||Ronald D. Lee|
MA1, USN (ret.)
|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)
England, United Kingdom
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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
|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
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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
(U.S. Navy photo #021008-N-8590B-001 by PHAN Andrew Betting from Navy Newstand)
|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)
|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|
|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.
From Peter E. Skoutas, ENC, USN, now serving in DDG 69: I wanted to identify the 3 FFG's grouped together on the FFG pages of 12, 14 and 33 (also attached) where it says they can't be identified. If you look at the last picture on the FFG-14 page, it shows 12 and 14 moored together. They are both missing their MK92 fire control radar and 12 is missing the 49 air search radar. So in the picture of the 3 moored together, ex-Jarrett is in the middle because it has the MK92 fire control radar, ex-Sides is to the starboard side of Jarrett because it has it's 49 radar and ex-George Philip is to the port side of Jarrett because it's missing it's 49 radar. So from the left of the pic to the right it's ex-Sides, ex-Jarrett and ex-George Philip.
||Welcome Aboard Pamphlet Cover|
courtesy of Robert M. Cieri
courtesy of Robert M. Cieri
Ship's History - Page 9
Ship's History - Page 10
CO's and Awards - Page 14
|The DANFS history entry for USS Sides (FFG 14), located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site is not presently available. 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. 1983||Cmdr. Vance E. Aeschleman, Jr. (Hoisington, Kan.)|
|2.) 05 Jul. 1983 - 25 Oct. 1985||Cmdr. Eric Rodholm Ernst (USNA '65) (Elkhart, Ind.)|
|3.) 25 Oct. 1985 - 04 Jun. 1988||Cmdr. Robert Leland Hattan (San Antonio, Tex.)|
|4.) 04 Jun. 1988 - 15 Jul. 1990||Cmdr. David R. Carlson|
|5.) 15 Jul. 1990 - 11 Apr. 1992||Cmdr. Jonathan B. Schmidt|
|6.) 11 Apr. 1992 - 22 Jan. 1994||Cmdr. Marc Thomas Stanley|
|7.) 22 Jan. 1994 - 17 Nov. 1995||Cmdr. Barry Leon Morgan|
|8.) 17 Nov. 1995 - 19 Apr. 1997||Cmdr. Wayne Douglas Slaughter (NROTC '76)|
|9.) 19 Apr. 1997 - 06 Nov. 1998||Cmdr. Rickey Lynn Dubberly|
|10.) 06 Nov. 1998 - 17 Jun. 2000||Cmdr. Lothrop Starbuck Little (ret. as Radm.)|
|11.) 17 Jun. 2000 - 08 Nov. 2001||Cmdr. Andrew Joseph Turnley|
|12.) 08 Nov. 2001 - 28 Feb. 2003||Cmdr. Octavio Enrique Manduley (NROTC '80) (Greensboro, N.C.)|
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