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USS Jack Williams (FFG 24)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - N - J - W
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon - Joint Meritorious Unit Award w/oak leaf cluster
Second Row: Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2)
Third Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 3 stars
Fourth Row: Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 1 star - Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


"Guardez Bien"
(Guard Well)
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
Jack Williams (FFG 24) Building and Operational Data:
  • 28 February 1977: Building contract awarded to the Bath Iron Works Corp.
  • 25 February 1980: Keel laid by the Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Me.
  • 30 August 1980: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Fern Williams Carr, sister of PhM3c Williams
  • 19 September 1981: Commissioned at Bath, Me., Cmdr. Hugh E. Carroll in command
  • 13 September 1996: Decommissioned at Pensacola, Fla. after 15 years of service; struck from the NVR; transferred as Grant Aid
  • to Bahrain; renamed BRNS Sabha (F-90)
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    Jack Williams 86k Artist's conception of Jack Williams 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
    Jack Williams 37k Jack Williams was born in Harrison, Ark. on 18 October 1924 and enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve in June 1943. He received recruit training at Naval Training Station, San Diego, Cal. and was promoted to Seaman, Second Class in July 1943. Williams completed Hospital Corps training at Naval Hospital, San Diego and his rating was changed to Hospital Apprentice that September. In November, he was promoted to Hospital Apprentice First Class. In January 1944, Williams received orders to the Field Medical School Battalion, Camp Elliott, San Diego, and transferred a few months later to Headquarters, Fifth Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, Cal. In May 1944, Williams was promoted to Pharmacist's Mate, Third Class. With the Third Battalion, Twenty-eighth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, he participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima. On 3 March 1945, when a Marine was wounded forward of the front lines, Williams courageously went to assist him and was hit by enemy fire. With determination, he completed his mission of mercy, dressed his own wounds, and rendered aid to another fallen Marine. On his way back to the rear, Williams was hit by an enemy sniper and died later that day. For his actions that day he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Jack Williams is buried at Springfield National Cemetery, Springfield Mo.

    USS Jack Williams (FFG 24) (1981-1996) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
       (photo from FFG 24 Launch Pamphlet)
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    Jack Williams 117k 30 August 1980: Bath, Me. - The bow of Jack Williams towers over the guest speakers platform during the launching ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04283 by Bath Iron Works from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Jack Williams 137k 30 August 1980: Bath, Me. - Participants in the launching ceremony for Jack Williams stand for a group picture. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04284 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Jack Williams 115k 30 August 1980: Bath, Me. - Dana Elaine Carr (niece of PhM3 Williams standing in for her grandmother, Daughty E. Williams), sponsor's proxy, breaks a bottle of champagne across the bow of Jack Williams at the conclusion of the launching ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04290 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Jack Williams 106k 30 August 1980: Bath, Me. - Fern Williams Carr (sister of PhM3 Williams), co-sponsor, breaks a bottle of champagne across the bow of Jack Williams concluding the launching ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04291 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Jack Williams 150k 30 August 1980: Bath, Me. - Jack Williams begins its trip down the ways at the conclusion of its launch ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04292 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Jack Williams 175k 30 August 1980: Bath, Me. - Shipyard workers watch as Jack Williams slides down the ways. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04287 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Jack Williams 124k 30 August 1980: Bath, Me. - Standing on the speaker's platform just after the launching of Jack Williams are, from left to right, Dana Elaine Carr, sponsor's proxy; John F. Sullivan, president of Bath Iron Works; and Fern Williams Carr, co-sponsor. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04286 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Jack Williams 137k 30 August 1980: Bath, Me. - Port side view of Jack Williams, in the water immediately after launching. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04282 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    ***Flatley*** 110k 17 November 1980: Bath, Me. - An elevated bow view of the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate USS Jack Williams (FFG 24), left, at 70 percent completion. To the right is USS Flatley (FFG 21) under construction. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04545 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    ***Flatley*** 177k 17 November 1980: Bath, Me. - An elevated stern view of Jack Williams, right, at 70 percent completion. Flatley is under construction at left. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04546 by Bath Iron Works 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 Jack Williams and to the right, the USS Clark (FFG 11). (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 Gallery, right, at 70 percent completion. Moored to the right, under construction, is Jack Williams, and to the left, 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 Jack Williams, center, at 80 percent completion. On the left is Gallery. Clark is on the right and in the background is Flatley. (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 Jack Williams, center, at 80 percent completion. On the right is Gallery and Clark is on the left. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04498 by Bath Ironworks from the DVIC)
    Jack Williams 100k 19 September 1981: Bath, Me. - Elevated port bow view of the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate USS Jack Williams (FFG 24), left, during its commissioning ceremony. To the right is another guided missile frigate. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04539 from the DVIC)
    ***OH 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 Jack Williams underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-82-09444 from the DVIC)
    Jack Williams 152k 1 March 1983: Bath, Me. - An aerial starboard bow view of Jack Williams underway on the Kennebec River. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-06743 from the DVIC)
    Jack Williams 67k 15 June 1984: at sea - Port bow view of Jack Williams approaching the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) for refueling operations. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-02651 by PH3 Milton Savage from the DVIC)
    Jack Williams 87k 15 June 1984: at sea - Jack Williams comes up on the starboard side of John F. Kennedy as preparations are made for underway refueling operations. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-02627 by PH3 Milton Savage from the DVIC)
    Jack Williams 106k 15 June 1984: at sea - A port bow view of Jack Williams coming up on the starboard side of John F. Kennedy (CV 67) for underway refueling operations. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-02660 by PH3 Milton Savage from the DVIC)
    Jack Williams 104k 15 June 1984: at sea - Port bow view of Jack Williams approaching John F. Kennedy in preparation for refueling operations. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-02630 by PH3 Milton Savage from the DVIC)
    Jack Williams 94k 15 June 1984: at sea - Jack Williams cruises alongside John F. Kennedy during underway replenishment operations. Visible is the port bow section of Jack Williams. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-02626 by PH3 Milton Savage from the DVIC)
    Jack Williams 130k 15 June 1984: at sea - Crewmen on Jack Williams observe underway replenishment operations. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-02624 by PH3 Milton Savage from the DVIC)
    Jack Williams 90k 15 June 1984: at sea - A sailor aboard John F. Kennedy looks down at Jack Williams, underway alongside. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-02619 by PH3 Milton Savage from the DVIC)
    Jack Williams 135k 15 June 1984: at sea - Aerial port quarter view of Jack Williams underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-10505 by PH3 Milton Savage from the DVIC)
    Jack Williams 147k 2 January 1987: at sea - An elevated starboard bow view of the fleet oiler USS Caloosahatchee (AO 98) during an underway replenishment of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and Jack Williams. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-88-01992 by PH2 Koch from the DVIC)
    Jack Williams 112k 4 January 1992: Mayport, Fla. - Jack Williams, center, lies tied up at the naval station. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-04779 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    Jack Williams 128k 4 January 1992: Mayport, Fla. - The guided missile frigates USS Doyle (FFG 39), left, and Jack Williams lie tied up at the naval station. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-04771 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    Jack Williams 297k 10 March 1996: Genoa, Italy - Jack Williams moored near the Costa Cruise Lines' Enrico C while on a visit to the Italian port. Carlo Martinelli
    Jack Williams 65k date / location unknown, as the Bahraini Sabha (F-90) Robert Hurst
    Jack Williams 247k 17 April 2008: the Arabian Sea - The Royal Bahrainian Navy Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate BRNS Sabha (FFGHM-90 ), ex-USS Jack Williams (FFG 24) sails in formation with the other ships participating in Operation Arabian Shark '08. Operation Arabian Shark '08 is a joint exercise focusing on anti-submarine warfare between the navies of the United States, Bahrain, and Pakistan. (U.S. Navy photo #7080417-N-3165S-090 by MCSN Ryan Steinhour from the Navy News Stand) Robert M. Cieri

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    USS Jack Williams FFG 24 History
    Note: History is unavailable at this time
    This class of ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project.
    Jack Williams' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  19 Sep. 1981 - 22 Nov. 1983Cmdr. Hugh Edward Carroll II
    2.)  22 Nov. 1983 - 28 Feb. 1986Cmdr. David J. Grieve
    3.)  28 Feb. 1986 - 02 Jun. 1989Cmdr. Edward Francis Mann, Jr.
    4.)  02 Jun. 1989 - 24 Aug. 1990Cmdr. John W. Young Jr.
    5.)  24 Aug. 1990 - 27 May 1992Cmdr. Lutrelle Fleming Parker, Jr.
    6.)  27 May 1992 - 11 Mar. 1994Cmdr. Christopher E. Wheeler
    7.)  11 Mar. 1994 - 13 Sep. 1996Cmdr. William Obert Hawn

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