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USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29)


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Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Second Row: CG Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ CG "O" - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - Navy Expeditionary Medal
Third Row: National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 4 stars- Southwest Asia Service Medal
Fourth Row: GWOT Service Medal - Armed Forces Service Medal - Humanitarian Service Medal
Fifth Row: Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 8 stars - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon- NATO Medal


"Dirigo"
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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
Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) Building and Operational Data:
  • 23 January 1978: Building contract awarded to the Bath Iron Works Corp.
  • 16 September 1980: Keel laid by the Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Me.
  • 04 April 1981: Launched and christened
  • 17 April 1982: Commissioned, Cmdr. Philip A. Bozzelli in command
  • 01 April 1997: Assigned to Naval Reserve Force at Pascagoula, Miss.,
  • 30 September 1997: Homeported assignment changed to Mayport, Fla. as a unit of DesRon 14
  • 24 February 2012: Decommissioned at Mayport, Fla. after 29.8 years of service; struck from the NVR; immediately towed to the Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, Pa.

    "S.W. Groves, The Ship"    -    "S.W. Groves, The People"

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    Stephen W. Groves 98k Artist's conception of Stephen W. Groves 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 Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigates are available as built, in short or long hull configuration. 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
    Stephen W. Groves 16k Stephen W. Groves (1917 - 4 June 1942) was born in East Millinocket, Maine and graduated Schenck High School in 1934. After receiving a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Maine, he joined the Navy in December 1940 and was commissioned in April 1941. Becoming a Naval Aviator he joined USS Hornet in December ‘41. In April 1942 the Hornet transported Lt. Col. James Doolittle‘s Army Air Corps bombers to Japanese waters. This attack set the stage for the Battle of Midway on 4 to 7 June 1942, considered to be one of the most important battles of the war. During that battle Ens. Groves took off nine times and was one of six American planes that fought off a vastly superior Japanese force trying to finish off the Hornet. Ens. Groves never returned from his last flight and was awarded the Navy Cross.

    USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) is the first ship named in his honor. (from the USS Stephen W. Groves Website)
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    Stephen W. Groves 112k 16 September 1980: Bath, Me. - Participants in the keel laying ceremony for the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) stand behind a sign at Bath Iron Works. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04618 by Bath Iron Works from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Stephen W. Groves 172k 24 November 1980: Bath, Me. - An elevated bow view of Stephen W. Groves, right, at 40 percent completion. Another guided missile frigate is under construction to the left. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04620 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 190k 24 November 1980: Bath, Me. - An elevated bow view of Stephen W. Groves, right, at 40 percent completion. Another guided missile frigate is under construction to the right. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04619 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 90k 4 April 1981: Bath, Me. - The bow of Stephen W. Groves towers over the speakers platform during its launching ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04331 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 134k 4 April 1981: Bath, Me. - Guests of honor attending the launching ceremony for Stephen W. Groves. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04333 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 108k 4 April 1981: Bath, Me. - Miriam Groves Landry, sponsor's proxy, breaks a bottle of champagne across the bow of Stephen W. Groves. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04334 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 162k 4 April 1981: Bath, Me. - Shipyard workers watch as Stephen W. Groves slides down the ways at the conclusion of the launching ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04326 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 142k 4 April 1981: Bath, Me. - Miriam Groves Landry, left, sponsor's proxy; John Sullivan, president of Bath Iron works; and Susan Groves Mills, matron of honor, stand with their backs to Stephen W. Groves. Groves has just slid down the ways at the conclusion of the launch ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DNSC8504332 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 127k 4 September 1981: Bath, Me. - An elevated stern view of three Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigates under construction. Left to right: USS Gallery (FFG 26), approximately 90 percent complete; and Stephen W. Groves, 80 percent complete; and USS Jack Williams (FFG 24), approximately 100 percent complete. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04537 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 1032k 12 January 1982: Bath, Me. - An aerial starboard bow view of the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) underway, heading down the Kennebec River for the Atlantic to conduct sea trials off the coast of Maine. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04345 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 599k 12 January 1982: Bath, Me. - An aerial starboard bow view of Stephen W. Groves as she passes some floating ice at the mouth of the Kennebec River, heading for the Atlantic to conduct sea trials off the coast of Maine. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04345 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 860k 12 January 1982: Bath, Me. - An aerial starboard bow view of Stephen W. Groves as she passes from the mouth of the Kennebec River heading into the Atlantic to conduct sea trials off the coast of Maine. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04335 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 579k 12 January 1982: Bath, Me. - Stephen W. Groves poses for a ship portrait before commencing her sea trials off the coast of Maine. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04344 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 531 12 January 1982: Bath, Me. - Stephen W. Groves underway at speed during her sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04338 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 636k 12 January 1982: Bath, Me. - Stephen W. Groves underway at speed during her sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04343 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 556k 12 January 1982: Bath, Me. - A close starboard quarter view of Stephen W. Groves underway slowly during her sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04346 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 541k 12 January 1982: Bath, Me. - A close starboard bow view of Stephen W. Groves underway during her sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04342 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 725k 12 January 1982: Bath, Me. - A port bow view of Stephen W. Groves underway during her sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04339 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 797k 12 January 1982: Bath, Me. - A close-up port bow view of Stephen W. Groves underway during her sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04341 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 567k 12 January 1982: Bath, Me. - A port beam view of Stephen W. Groves underway at speed during her sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04341 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 892k 12 January 1982: Bath, Me. - A starboard bow view of Stephen W. Groves as she passes Fort Popham on her way back to Bath Iron Works after her sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04337 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 630k 12 January 1982: Bath, Me. - A port bow view of Stephen W. Groves as she passes Squirrel Point Lighthouse on her way back to Bath Iron Works after her sea trials. USS Edward McDonnell (FF 1043) is following her back in. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04337 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 419k 24 March 1982: Bath, Me. - An elevated bow view of two Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigates under construction at Bath Iron Works Corp. Shipyard. At the left is Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29), 100 percent complete, and to the right, the USS Underwood (FFG 36). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04673 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 237k April 1982: Stephen W. Groves, underway in the Atlantic, conducting Builder's Sea Trials Robert M. Cieri
    Stephen W. Groves 298k 17 April 1982: Bath, Me. - Guests of honor on the speakers platform pay tribute to the US flag, carried by a color guard, during the commissioning ceremony for the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04348 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC) Navsource
    Stephen W. Groves 309k 17 April 1982: Bath, Me. - Commander Philip Bozzelli, prospective commanding officer, is piped aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) at the conclusion of the commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04349 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 299k 17 April 1982: Bath, Me. - Susan Groves Mills, matron of honor, left; Mrs. Miriam Groves Landry, sponsor's proxy; and Commander (CDR) Philip Bozzelli, prospective commanding officer, stand aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate USS Stephen W. Groves at the conclusion of the commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04350 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 641k 01 September 1982: Bath, Me. - Starboard bow view of the guided missile frigate Stephen W. Groves, docked and in full dress. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-82-11554 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 419k 05 August 1984: at sea - Aerial port bow view of the battleship USS Iowa (BB 61), front, and Stephen W. Groves underway. The ships are operating as part of Commander Task Group 28.1.1. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DF-ST-85-08335 by SSGT David Cornwell from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 398k 01 January 1990: at sea - A Venezuelan frigate is underway in formation with Stephen W. Groves and the tank landing ship USS Harlan County (LST-1196). The vessels are taking part in Unitas XXXI, an annual, joint exercise between the U.S. Navy and the naval forces of nine South American countries. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-06214 by PH1 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 383k 01 January 1990: at sea - The missile frigate Stephen W. Groves takes on fuel from the Brazilian oiler Marajo (G-27) during underway replenishment operations. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-06184 by PH1 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 156k January 1990: unknown - A port view of Stephen W. Groves as the ship retrieves its gig while briefly anchored in the waterway. The frigate is one of five U.S. Navy ships taking part in Unitas XXXI, an annual, joint exercise between the U.S. Navy and the naval forces of nine South American countries. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-06211 by JO1 Gregg L. Snaza from the DVIC) Bill Gonyo
    Stephen W. Groves 114k 1 January 1990: unknown - A starboard bow view of Stephen W. Groves arriving at the naval station at the start of Unitas XXXI, an annual, joint exercise between the US Navy and the naval forces of nine South American countries. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-06163 by PH1 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 293k 4 January 1992: Mayport, Fla. - Stephen W. Groves, center, lies tied up among several other ships at the naval station. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-04782 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC) Navsource
    Stephen W. Groves 292k 4 January 1992: Mayport, Fla. - The guided missile frigates USS Underwood (FFG 36), left, and Stephen W. Groves lie tied up a the naval station. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-04785 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    Stephen W. Groves 213k 13 June 1992: Genoa, Italy - Stephen W. Groves moored at dress ship during a port visit to Genoa. Carlo Martinelli
    Stephen W. Groves 265k 23 December 1993: The Caribbean Sea - A rigid boat carrying a boarding team from Stephen W. Groves goes alongside the Belize flagged motor vessel MV Freda Ona off the coast of Haiti to inspect the cargo for contraband prohibited by the United Nations embargo. The U.S. Navy and other naval ships of the multi-national naval force are in the waters off Haiti participating in Operation Support Democracy. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-94-01582 by PH1 Robert Scoggin from the DVIC) Navsource
    Stephen W. Groves 561k 23 December 1993: The Caribbean Sea - A starboard bow view of Stephen W. Groves patrolling on station off the coast of Haiti as part of the multi-national naval force support the United Nations embargo during Operation Support Democracy. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-94-01584 by PH1 Robert Scoggin from the DVIC)
    **Antrim** 115k February 1996: Pascagoula, Miss. - USS Antrim (FFG 20), Stephen Groves, and USS Flatley (FFG 21) tied up at the Naval Station. (photo taken by Doug Bremenkamp of Gulfport, Miss.) Robert M. Cieri
    Stephen W. Groves 444k 5 July 2003: New London, Conn. - The guided missile frigate USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) makes a port call to New London over the July 4th weekend. Stephen W. Groves, an Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate home ported in Pascagoula, Miss., visited New London as part of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut (CCEC), the City of New London and the State of Connecticut sponsored Ship-to-Shore Program. According to CCEC President Cynthia Clegg, Ship-to-Shore is a way for the community to celebrate its maritime heritage. (U.S. Navy photo #030705-N-1234M-002 by Lt. Jim Miller, from the Navy News Stand) Bill Gonyo
    Stephen W. Groves 355k 2 December 2003: Panama City, Panama - The guided missile frigate USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) pulls into Panama City, Panama. Groves is homeported in Pascagoula, Miss., and assigned to Commander, Destroyer Squadron Six. During the ship’s deployment, the crew will patrol nearly four million square nautical miles of water in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific involved in the tracking and capture of drug-smuggling vessels. (U.S. Navy photo #031202-N-6235S-002 by Ltjg Ken Shade, from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    Stephen W. Groves 428k 3 December 2003: Panama Canal - The guided missile frigate USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) is pulled through the Panama Canal by steel mooring attached to a powerful electric locomotive, called a mule, (lower right). The entire trip through the canal takes between 8 and 10 hours plus waiting time. Construction of the canal began in 1906, with a projected schedule of ten years but was finished in 1914 ahead of schedule with over 75,000 men working on the project. The United States had control of the Panama Canal Zone until 1999 when the U.S government turned control of the Canal Zone over to Panama. Prior to the Panama Canal's construction, the fastest way to travel by ship from New York to California was a long and dangerous route around the tip of South America. (U.S. Navy photo #031203-N-8740M-005 by JOSN John H. McIver, from the Navy News Stand)
    Stephen W. Groves 275k 5 December 2003: Caribbean Sea - An SH-60B Seahawk assigned to the Proud Warriors of Light Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Four Two (HSL-42) lifts off the fight deck aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29). HSL-42 and Stephen W. Groves are conducting drug counter narcotic operations with elements of the U.S. Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team North. (U.S. Navy photo #031205-N-6235S-048 by Ltjg Ken Shade, from the Navy News Stand)
    Stephen W. Groves 579k 14 August 2006: at sea - Official U.S. Navy File Photo, Guided-missile frigate USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29). (U.S. Navy photo #060814-N-0000X-001 from the Navy News Stand)
    Stephen W. Groves 404k 16 November 2006: St. Eustatius - Sailors aboard Stephen W. Grovesman the rails as the ship fires a gun salute in a re-enactment of the salute given to USS Andrew Doria by Governor Johannes de Graaff of St. Eustatius on 16 November 1776. The salute was the first formal recognition of what would become the United States of America by a sovereign nation. (U.S. Navy photo #061116-N-3285B-045 by MC2 Regina L. Brown, from the Navy News Stand)
    Stephen W. Groves 728k 28 May 2007: Staten Island, N.Y. - From left, Stephen W. Groves, guided-missile cruisers USS Hue City (CG 66) and USS San Jacinto (CG 56), and guided-missile destroyers USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) and USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) are moored as part of Fleet Week. The 20th annual Fleet Week New York City provides an opportunity for citizens of New York City and the surrounding Tri-State area to meet more than 3,000 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, May 23-31. (U.S. Navy photo #070528-N-5758H-116 by MC2 Kenneth R. Hendrix, from the Navy Newstand)
    Stephen W. Groves 354k 2 July 2007: Bristol, R.I. - USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) drops anchor in Bristol harbor. The ship is here to participate in New England Navy Week from June 20 through July 4th. New England Navy Week is one of 26 Navy Weeks planned across America in 2007. Navy weeks are designed to show Americans the investment they have made in the Navy and increase awareness in cities that do not have a significant everyday Navy presence. (U.S. Navy photo #070702-N-8497H-079 by MC2 Lewis S. Hunsaker, from the Navy Newstand)
    Stephen W. Groves 347k 2 July 2007: Bristol, R.I. - Stephen W. Groves drops anchor in Bristol harbor. The ship is here to participate in New England Navy Week from June 20 through July 4th. New England Navy Week is one of 26 Navy Weeks planned across America in 2007. Navy weeks are designed to show Americans the investment they have made in the Navy and increase awareness in cities that do not have a significant everyday Navy presence. (U.S. Navy photo #070702-N-8497H-074 by MC2 Lewis S. Hunsaker, from the Navy Newstand)
    Stephen W. Groves 60k 22 July 2007: Key West, Fla. - USS Steven W. Groves (FFG 29) during a port visit to Key West. The ship is moored at the Outer Mole Pier, with the sunset behind it. (Photo by J. K. Brooks) Robert Hurst
    Stephen W. Groves 258k 13 July 2008: the Atlantic Ocean - USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) steams through the Atlantic Ocean during the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group composite unit training exercise. COMPTUEX provides a realistic training environment to ensure the strike group is capable and ready for its upcoming scheduled deployment. (U.S. Navy photo #080713-N-1082Z-027 by MC2 Jason R. Zalasky from the Navy Newstand) Robert M. Cieri
    Stephen W. Groves 361k 10 October 2010: Jacksonville, Fla. - The guided-missile frigate Stephen W. Groves transits under the Dames Point Bridge, one of Jacksonville's many bridges, as they make their way to downtown Jacksonville. Groves invited friends and family members along on a family day cruise as they traveled the St. Johns river to Jacksonville to participate in Navy birthday celebrations. (U.S. Navy photo #081010-N-0486G-003 by MC2 Daniel Gay, from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    Stephen W. Groves 224k 15 December 2009: Rota, Spain - Guided-missile frigate Stephen W. Groves arrives at the port at Naval Station Rota, Spain, during a regularly scheduled fuel stop. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #091215-N-MN220-390 by MC2 Joseph Ebalo from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Stephen W. Groves 156k 15 December 2009: Rota, Spain - Guided-missile frigate USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29), right, pulls up alongside High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV-2) at Naval Station Rota, Spain, during a regularly scheduled fuel stop. (U.S. Navy photo #091215-N-1825E-378 by MC2 Joseph Ebalo, from the Navy News Stand)
    Stephen W. Groves 240k 15 December 2009: Rota, Spain - U.S. Sailors stationed aboard USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) toss their mooring lines to Naval Station Rota port operations personnel during a regularly scheduled fuel stop at the Rota pier. (U.S. Navy photo #091215-N-1825E-403 by MC2 Joseph Ebalo, from the Navy News Stand)
    Stephen W. Groves 114k 26 May 2010: Ponta Delgada, The Azores - Stephen W. Groves moored to the quay while on a port visit to the Azores. USS Simpson (FFG 56) is moored astern of her. Carlos Manuel Estrela
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    Stephen W. Groves 319k 2 June 2010: Fischerhütte, Germany - USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) passes while transiting the Nord-Ostsee-Kanal (Kiel Canal) on her way to Kiel, Germany. Stephen W. Groves and USS Simpson (FFG 56) represented the United States at the annual Kiel Week Maritime Festival. Ruud Peter van der Duin
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    Stephen W. Groves 97k January 2011: Dakar, Senegal - Stephen W. Groves shown arriving for a port visit to Dakar. Cmdr. Matthew S. Rick
    Last CO, USS Stephen W. Groves
    Stephen W. Groves 171k 10 February 2011: The Atlantic Ocean - The guided missile frigate Stephen W. Groves participates in joint exercises with the South African Navy attack submarine SAS Charlotte Maxeke (S-102) while under way off the coast of South Africa. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #110210-N-OV802-523 by MC3 William Jamieson from the Defense Visual Information Center) Navsource
    Stephen W. Groves 257k 10 February 2011: The Atlantic Ocean - The guided missile frigate Stephen W. Groves participates in joint submarine exercises with the South African Navy off the coast of South Africa during Africa Partnership Station East in the southern Atlantic Ocean. APS is an international security cooperation initiative to strengthen global maritime partnerships to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #110210-N-OV802-526 by MC3 William Jamieson from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Stephen W. Groves 180k 10 February 2011: the Atlantic Ocean - Two photos of Stephen W. Groves as she participates in exercises with the South African navy Heroine-class submarine SAS Charlotte Maxeke (S-102) off the coast of South Africa. (U.S. Navy photo #110210-N-5085J-517 and 110210-N-5085J-521 by MC3 William Jamieson from the Navy Newstand)
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    Stephen W. Groves 562k 22 March 2011: Port Louis, Mauritius - Stephen W. Groves shown arriving for a port visit to Port Louis. Cmdr. Matthew S. Rick
    Last CO, USS Stephen W. Groves
    Stephen W. Groves 472k 11 June 2011: the Mediterranean Sea - Two photos of Stephen W. Groves as she conducts a replenishment at sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198). Groves is underway participating in Phoenix Express 2011, a three-week exercise divided into in-port and underway training phases and is designed to enhance regional maritime partnerships among the 14 participating countries in their efforts to deter illicit trafficking at sea. (U.S. Navy photo #110611-N-XO436-026 and 110611-N-XO436-013 by MC3 Jonathan Sunderman from the Navy Newstand) Navsource
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    Stephen W. Groves 209k 24 February 2012: Mayport, Fla. - Brian Groves, nephew of Ensign Stephen W. Groves, namesake of the guided-missile frigate USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29), sits with a plaque honoring his uncle during the decommissioning ceremony for the ship at Naval Station Mayport. Groves has been in service with the U.S. Navy since April 1982. (U.S. Navy photo #120224-N-YR391-106 by MC2 Gary Granger Jr. from the Navy Newstand)
    Stephen W. Groves 222k 24 February 2012: Mayport, Fla. - Commander Matthew Rick, commanding officer of the guided-missile frigate USS Stephen W. Groves, addresses the crew and guests during the ship's decommissioning ceremony after 30 years of service. Stephen W. Groves was named for Ensign Stephen W. Groves, a naval aviator who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism at the Battle of Midway during World War II. (U.S. Navy photo #120224-N-MK583-011 by MC2 Salt Cebe from the Navy Newstand)
    Stephen W. Groves 231k 24 February 2012: Mayport, Fla. - Sailors assigned to the guided-missile frigate Stephen W. Groves disembark the ship for the last time during the ship's decommissioning ceremony at Naval Station Mayport. The ship was decommissioned after thirty years of service. (U.S. Navy photo #120224-N-YR391-118 by MC2 Gary Granger Jr. from the Navy Newstand)
    Stephen W. Groves 234k 24 February 2012: Mayport, Fla. - Sailors assigned to the guided-missile frigate USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) disembark the ship for the last time during the ship's decommissioning ceremony at Naval Station Mayport. The ship was decommissioned after thirty years of service. (U.S. Navy photo #120224-N-MK583-016 by MC2 Salt Cebe from the Navy Newstand)
    Stephen W. Groves 157k 24 February 2012: Mayport, Fla. - A Sailor aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) lowers the Navy jack for the last time during a decommissioning ceremony at Naval Station Mayport. Stephen W. Groves was named for Ensign Stephen W. Groves, a naval aviator who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism at the Battle of Midway during World War II. (U.S. Navy photo #120224-N-YR391-107 by MC2 Gary Granger Jr. from the Navy Newstand)

    Stephen W. Groves Memorabilia
    Welcome Aboard
    Pamphlet (Circa 1982)
    Stephen W. Groves
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    Ship's
    Plaque
    Stephen W. Groves
    Courtesy of
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    Cruise
    Patch
    Stephen W. Groves
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    Ship's Belt
    Buckle
    Stephen W. Groves
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    Division
    Patch
    Stephen W. Groves
    Courtesy of
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    Decommissioning
    Booklet
    S.W. Groves
    Courtesy of
    Cmdr. Matthew S. Rick

    USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) History
    Note: History is unavailable at this time
    This class of ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

    Stephen W. Groves' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  17 Apr. 1982 - 04 Jun. 1984Cmdr. Philip Anthony Bozzelli (Jersey City, N.J.)
    2.)  04 Jun. 1984 - 18 Jul. 1986Cmdr. Howard David Kirkpatrick
    3.)  18 Jul. 1986 - 20 Jan. 1989Cmdr. Billy Cornett II
    4.)  20 Jan. 1989 - 19 Feb. 1991Cmdr. Lawrence Lee Dick
    5.)  19 Feb. 1991 - 08 Jan. 1993Capt. Daniel Harry Meyer
    6.)  08 Jan. 1993 - 01 Nov. 1994Cmdr. Gary M. McKinley
    7.)  01 Nov. 1994 - 23 Jul. 1996Cmdr. Theodore David Fredrick
    8.)  23 Jul. 1996 - 20 Feb. 1998Cmdr. David James Aland
    9.)  20 Feb. 1998 - 09 Sep. 1999Cmdr. Miles Charles Quigley III
    10.) 09 Sep. 1999 - 02 Mar. 2001Cmdr. James S. Cheatham, Jr.
    11.) 02 Mar. 2001 - 25 Oct. 2002Cmdr. Timothy James Werre
    12.) 25 Oct. 2002 - 21 May 2004Cmdr. Rodelio (Rudy) Laco, Jr.
    13.) 21 May 2004 - 06 Feb. 2006Cmdr. Brian J. Harrison
    14.) 06 Feb. 2006 - 11 Oct. 2007Cmdr. Jon C. Kreitz
    15.) 11 Oct. 2007 - 02 Apr. 2009Cmdr. Daniel A. Starling (Austin, Tex.)
    16.) 02 Apr. 2009 - 04 Oct. 2010Cmdr. Edward S. Gettins
    17.) 04 Oct. 2010 - 24 Feb. 2012Cmdr. Matthew Shigeru Rick (Willoughby, Oh.)

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