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USS Lewis B. Puller (FFG 23)


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



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Second Row: Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - National Defense Service Medal - Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon


"Esprit - Discipline - Service"
Specifications:
Class: Oliver Hazard Perry (Short Hull, As Built)
Type: SCB No. 201 / 1973 - 1978
Number in Class: 25 (7, 9 - 16, 19 - 34)
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
Lewis B. Puller (FFG 23) Building and Operational Data:
  • 28 February 1977: Building contract awarded to the Todd Shipyard Corp.
  • 23 May 1979: Keel laid by the Todd Shipyard Corp., LA Division, San Pedro, Cal.
  • 15 March 1980: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Lewis B. Puller, widow of Maj. Gen. Puller
  • 17 April 1982: Commissioned at Long Beach, Cal., Cmdr. Ralph K. Martin in command, assigned to Destroyer Squadron 9 at Long Beach
  • 01 June 1987: Assigned to Naval Reserve Force at Long Beach, Cal.
  • 18 September 1998: Decommissioned after 16.4 years of service, struck from the NVR, transferred as Grant Aid to Egypt, renamed Toushka (F906)
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    Lewis B. Puller 86k Artist's conception of Lewis B. Puller 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
    Lewis B. Puller 83k 01 September 1953 : Major General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC, namesake of FFG 23.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DM-SN-02-05309 from the Defense Visual Information Center)

    USS Lewis B. Puller (FFG 23) (1982-1998) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
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    Lewis B. Puller 116k 17 April 1982 : Long Beach, Cal. - A Marine Corps color guard marches during the commissioning ceremony for the guided missile frigate USS Lewis B. Puller (FFG 23).
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-06796 by PH3 Kenneth V. Flemings, from the DVIC)
    Lewis B. Puller 103k 17 April 1982 : Long Beach, Cal. - Crewmen stand at parade rest during the commissioning ceremony.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-82-06822 by PH3 Kenneth V. Flemings, from the DVIC)
    Lewis B. Puller 82k 17 April 1982 : Long Beach, Cal. - Mrs. Lewis B. Puller, ship's sponsor, listens during the commissioning ceremony.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-82-06816 by PH3 Kenneth V. Flemings, from the DVIC)
    Lewis B. Puller 89k 17 April 1982: Long Beach, Cal. - Lewis B. Puller Jr. (1945-1994), a disabled Viet Nam veteran and author of the 1992 Pulitzer prize winning "Fortunate Son", listens during the commissioning ceremony.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-82-06817 by PH3 Kenneth V. Flemings, from the DVIC)
    Lewis B. Puller 95k 17 April 1982: Long Beach, Cal. - Mrs. Lewis B. Puller, ship's sponsor, presents a sword to the ship during the commissioning ceremony.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-06797 by PH3 Kenneth V. Flemings, from the DVIC)
    Lewis B. Puller 96k 17 April 1982: Long Beach, Cal. - A crewman prepares to raise the flag during the commissioning ceremony.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-82-06813 by PH3 Kenneth V. Flemings, from the DVIC)
    Lewis B. Puller 110k 17 April 1982: Long Beach, Cal. - Crew members of Lewis B. Puller man the rails.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-06798 by PH3 Kenneth V. Flemings, from the DVIC)
    Lewis B. Puller 116k 17 April 1982: Long Beach, Cal. - Mrs. Lewis B. Puller, sponsor, and Gen. Robert H. Barrow, commandant of the Marine Corps, leave at the conclusion of the commissioning ceremony.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-06781 by PH3 Kenneth V. Flemings, from the DVIC)
    Lewis B. Puller 98k date / location unknown -
    Lewis B. Puller 91k date / location unknown Wendell R. McLaughlin, Jr.
    Lewis B. Puller 98k 25 September 1982: San Pedro Bay, Cal. - A starboard beam view of Lewis B. Puller underway.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-83-00512 by PH2 Shayna Brennan, from the DVIC)
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    Lewis B. Puller 87k 25 September 1982: at sea - A port bow view of Lewis B. Puller underway.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-83-00954 by PH2 Ron Garrison, from the DVIC)
    Lewis B. Puller 86k date / location unknown (from The War Machine, Vol 11) Robert Hurst
    Lewis B. Puller 96k 25 September 1982: at sea - Crewmen on the forward deck of New Jersey (BB 62) watch as Lewis B. Puller comes alongside. The New Jersey, on sea trials after renovation and modernization, is scheduled for reactivation in January 1983.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-83-00955 by PH2 Ron Garrison, from the DVIC)
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    Lewis B. Puller 80k 05 May 1983: at sea - A port bow view of Lewis B. Puller underway during sea trials.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-07631, from the DVIC)
    Lewis B. Puller 119k 17 September 1983: at sea - An elevated starboard bow view of Lewis B. Puller.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-09065 by PH3 C. Yebba, from the DVIC)
    Lewis B. Puller 89k 17 September 1983: at sea - A port bow view of Lewis B. Puller.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-09066 by PH3 C. Yebba, from the DVIC)
    Lewis B. Puller 148k 01 October 1983: at sea - An aerial port bow view of Lewis B. Puller underway.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-06887 by PH3 C. Yebba, from the DVIC)
    Lewis B. Puller 109k 01 October 1983: at sea - An aerial view, left to right, of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), the Neosho class oiler USNS Kawishiwi (T-AO 146) and Lewis B. Puller underway preparing to unrep.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-06880 by PH3 C. Yebba, from the DVIC)
    Lewis B. Puller 118k 01 October 1983: at sea - A port side view of the bridge structure of USS Kawishiwi. A signalman can be seen on the upper wing. In the background is Lewis B. Puller.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-06872 by PHAN B. Collins, from the DVIC)
    Lewis B. Puller 98k 01 October 1983: at sea - A port bow view of Kawishiwi with fuel lines extended to the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk during underway replenishment operations. Lewis B. Puller can be seen in the background.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-06871 by PHAN B. Collins, from the DVIC)
    Lewis B. Puller 136k 15 October 1983: San Francisco Bay, Cal. - Port bow view of Lewis B. Puller.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-07465 by PHAN Menard, from the DVIC)
    Lewis B. Puller 125k 15 October 1983: San Francisco Bay, Cal. - Port side view of Lewis B. Puller as a harbor tug from Oakland sprays water into the air. Visible in the background is the guided missile destroyer USS Chandler (DDG 996).
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-07462 by PHAN Menard, from the DVIC)
    Lewis B. Puller 124k 15 October 1983: San Francisco Bay, Cal. - Port beam view of Lewis B. Puller and Chandler.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-07463 by PHAN Menard, from the DVIC)
    Lewis B. Puller 63k 1985: at sea - Lewis B. Puller makes her approach on USNS Kawishiwi (T-AO 146) to refuel.
    (Photo by Richard Miller)
    Richard Miller
    BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
    Lewis B. Puller 135k 01 May 1987: at sea - Crew members form the phrase "We The People" on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV 61) to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the signing of the constitution of the United States. The Constitution was formally signed on 17 September 1787. The guided missile cruiser USS Long Beach (CGN 9), bottom, and Lewis B. Puller are accompanying the Ranger.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-06761 by PH3 Ron Wimmer, from the DVIC)
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    Lewis B. Puller 98k 14 July 1987: at sea - An SH-3H Sea King helicopter prepares to land on Lewis B. Puller.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-09130, from the DVIC)
    Wadsworth 256k 01 July 1988: Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Four U.S. Navy guided missile frigates are moored side by side in the harbor during Exercise RimPac '88. They include, from left: the guided missile frigates USS Duncan (FFG 10), USS Mahlon S. Tisdale (FFG 27), Lewis B. Puller and Wadsworth (FFG 9).
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-12038) by PH1 Terry Cosgrove, from the DVIC)
    Lewis B. Puller 109k circa 1989 Robert Hurst
    Lewis B. Puller 276k 02 August 1989: Vancouver, B.C. - Lewis B. Puller underway slowly off Vancouver. (Photo by Rick Garcia, from the collection of  Chris Howell) Chris Howell
    Southland Ship Stores Ltd
    Port of Bluff, New Zealand
    Lewis B. Puller 413k 20 May 2013: The Mediterranean Sea - Rigid-hull inflatable boats with sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) approach the Egyptian navy frigate ENS Toushka (FFG-906, ex-USS Lewis B. Puller) during a passing exercise in the Mediterranean Sea. Gravely, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
    (U.S. Navy photo #130520-N-KA046-341 by MC2 James Turner from the Navy Newstand)
    Robert Hurst
    Lewis B. Puller 441k 20 May 2013: The Mediterranean Sea - Please find attached a pic of the guided missile frigate ENS Toushka (F-906, ex-USS) underway in the Mediterranean Sea.
    (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 James Turner)

    Lewis B. Puller History
    Note: History is unavailable at this time. This class of ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project.

    Lewis B. Puller's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  17 Apr. 1982 - 04 Aug. 1984Cmdr. Ralph Kenneth Martin
    2.)  04 Aug. 1984 - 15 Oct. 1986Cmdr. Edward Moore, Jr. (ret. as Vadm.)
    3.)  15 Oct. 1986 - 30 Nov. 1988Cmdr. William Harold Smith
    4.)  30 Nov. 1988 - 30 Nov. 1990Cmdr. Christopher A. Nitzel
    5.)  30 Nov. 1990 - 10 Dec. 1991Cmdr. James R. Macluskie
    6.)  10 Dec. 1991 - 03 Apr. 1993Cmdr. William Ashby Lillard III
    7.)  03 Apr. 1993 - 14 Jan. 1995Cmdr. Gary Michael Erickson
    8.)  14 Jan. 1995 - 05 Dec. 1996Cmdr. Jeffrey Scott Lee (NROTC '75)
    9.)  05 Dec. 1996 - 18 Sep. 1998Cmdr. Robert Scott Wells (OCS '77) (Santa Monica, Cal.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    USS Lewis B. Puller Page on Military.Com
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Lewis B. Puller
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